On August 18th, it's okay to say,

"I am not ashamed of my mental illness."

Promoting mental health awareness and education on social media can be effective, but many times we are “preaching to the choir.” In order to break the stigma, we need to start small and educate the general public by outing ourselves, coming out of hiding and doing this as a team and as a community.

Here's the plan.

On Saturday, August 18th, 2018, we will go to the streets of our own community for 4 hours with a sign that simply reads “I have (your mental illness) and I am not ashamed. Break the Stigma #ProjectIAmNotAshamed."

Invite your friends.

You are welcome to go out alone or bring a friend or family member for support*. If you are a loved one of someone with mental illness, we want you out there too.

Use your voice to help end the stigma.

Find a high-populated area where you will be able to talk to as many people as you can who are on foot. Simply ask them to read your sign and ask if they would be willing to talk to you for a minute. Reel them in, talk about your illness and what we are trying to accomplish. Mental illness is like cancer—everyone knows someone who is somehow affected. Educate them on your particular illness.

Take photos & have fun!

Take photos while you are on the streets. Take selfies with your sign. Ask to take selfies with those you speak to. Post your photos on your social media accounts with the hashtag #ProjectIAmNotAshamed.

* This event is not limited to those with mental illness. If you are not afflicted, your sign can read "I am a supporter of those with mental illness and I am not ashamed."

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Last Updated 08/12/2018