May Is Mental Health Month
Montgomery County ADAMHS is raising awareness of the importance of speaking up about mental health, and asking individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like by tagging social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike. Posting with our hashtag is a way to speak up, to share your point of view with people who may be struggling to explain what they are going through—and to help others figure out if they too are
showing signs of a mental illness.
"Life with a Mental Illness" is meant to help remove the shame and stigma of speaking out, so that more people can
be comfortable coming out of the shadows and seeking the help they need. Whether you are in Stage 1 and just
learning about those early symptoms, or are dealing with what it means to be in Stage 4, sharing how it feels can be
part of your recovery.
ADAMHS wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, that recovery is always the goal, and that the best
prospects for recovery come when we act Before Stage 4 (B4Stage4).
Addressing mental illnesses B4Stage4 means more than burying feelings and refusing to talk about them, and
waiting for symptoms to clear up on their own. B4Stage4 means more than wishing that mental health problems
aren’t real, and hoping that they will never get worse. B4Stage4 means more than thinking that someone on
the edge of a crisis will always pull himself or herself back without our help, and praying that someone else will
intervene before a crisis occurs.
B4Stage4 means, in part, talking about what mental illnesses feel like, and then acting on that information. It means
giving voice to feelings and fears, and to hopes and dreams. It means empowering people as agents of their own
recovery. And it means changing the trajectories of our own lives for the better, and helping those we love change
theirs. So let’s talk about what life with a mental illness feels like, to voice what we are feeling, and so others can
know they are not alone.