Pinellas County, FL— This May, for Mental Health Month, NAMI Pinellas County (NPC), the Pinellas County affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is raising awareness and highlighting that no one experiencing a mental health condition should feel alone. More than 40 million people in the U.S. face the day-to-day reality of having a mental health condition. And now more than ever, in this time of anxiety and isolation, it is important for the mental health movement to come together.
This year, NAMI’s You Are Not Alone campaign focuses on the power of connection for those affected by mental illness. Collectively, we can make a positive impact on the millions of people who are struggling and feeling particularly alone given the current situation of social isolation and physical distancing.
The You Are Not Alone campaign features the lived experience of people affected by mental illness to reduce stigma, inspire others and educate the public on available online resources. NAMI is asking the public to share their own lived experience with mental health conditions by submitting their stories at www.NAMI.org/YourStory. The campaign builds connection and increases awareness through digital tools, such as our social media platforms, online support groups and the NAMI COVID-19 Information and Resource Guide. These resources make connection possible despite the current climate.
“We’ve experienced an unprecedented effort to support one another through this time by staying connected virtually,” said Denise Whitfield, Executive Director. “This Mental Health Month, we endeavor to turn the tragic and life-changing circumstances of COVID-19 into a spotlight on the need for long-term improvements in our mental health care system, so no one feels alone and anyone can find the support and resources they need to be well.”
During Mental Health Month, and especially in times of uncertainty, the NAMI community is here to help and here for you. Together, we can realize our shared vision of a Tampa Bay community where everyone affected by mental illness can get the support and help to live healthier, fulfilling lives – a place where no one feels alone in their struggle. NPC will be hosting a mini- series of community members sharing their mental health stories throughout the month of May.
For additional information, here’s a link to the NAMI COVID-19 Information and Resources Guide and for You Are Not Alone resources, please visit nami.org/mentalhealthmonth.