What a wonderfully passionate, enthusiastic mix of mental health advocates passionate about creativity, building compassion, and fighting in the open.
Check out some wonderful pictures from the conference here!
What messages do you get from the media about mental health?
That was the theme of this year’s MHA conference:Media, Messaging and Mental Health. What do you see on TV, hear on the news, listen to on the radio, see on posters, billboards, and read in magazines that tell you to think, act or look a certain way?
Check out 25 Messages to Melt Stigma and Reclaim Your Power here.
I met some remarkable people I met this week, including Rachel Griffin, fellow musical theatre geek and incredibly sweet lady, Kevin Hines, one of the most amazing, compelling speakers I’ve ever experienced, and keynote speaker Sue Klebold…and so many more!
You can check out some of the other wonderful speakers here.
Four Skills to “Fight in the Open”
I got to share once again about the four hardcore resiliency skills I love to blab about so much – because they work!
- Gratitude (Make an A to Z Gratitude List)
- Hope (Lie to yourself…seriously!)
- Creativity (Doodle for five minutes, then rip it up – it’s just for you!)
- Sharing Your Story (Not ready? Read about someone else’s)
If you try any of these tools, I’d love to hear what it was like for you! Be sure to send me a note, or tweet me @amyoes! If you look at the hashtag #mhaconf16, you’ll hear all about this amazing conference, cant wait for next year!
When You Feel Like Running Away…
There were many compelling stories from individuals who suffered from depression, or who had tried to take their own lives. The important thing to remember is that it can get better. We just need to be there long enough to see it for ourselves.
I recently wrote about a time where I experienced my own personal rough time in my latest for XO Jane:
That’s not the kind of literal “detour” I’d like to take with my life, and I’m so glad I stayed on track.
#LoveMyDetour Share Your Story!
Do you have a Detour you’re traveling right now? If life hasn’t gone as you expected, put one foot in front of the other, and read some Detourist stories to inspire you to keep traveling the path – even if you don’t know where it lead.
How I celebrated the Mental Health America Conference
Mental Health America’s 2016 Conference was an amazing opportunity to speak out for all of us, sharing our stories, hearing the tories of others, and planting the seeds for stories to come. Here are some posts I did to celebrate:
- How do you fight in the open for mental health?
- What does mental illness feel like? #mentalillnessfeelslike
- How should you share your story for Mental Health Awareness?
- How can you cope when life takes a detour?
- Reclaiming my voice as a survivor of sexual assault
How are you going to celebrate Mental Health Awareness all year long?
As Clifford Beers said, we must “fight in the open.”
How will you fight in the open?