Become a mental health advocate to help eliminate stigma and improve access and treatment in your local community. Learn how to best respond to friends and loved ones experiencing mental health issues.
In the same way that CPR can save someone unable to breathe, mental health first aid can help save someone suffering from a mental health crisis. Integral Care provides a free, one-day course that arms people with the tools and knowledge needed to recognize mental illness in others. Register for a free MHFA class here.
Join those advocating at the state and local level to improve mental health funding and access to care. Check out NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for more ideas on how you can make a difference in the mental health of your community.
Reach out to a friend or loved one and sincerely ask if they are okay. The Hi, How Are You? Foundation began in Austin, TX, and seeks to reduce the negative stigma associated with mental health. By simply listening with an open heart, and reaching out to a friend or family member and asking “Hi, how are you?”, you’re keeping the conversation going and making a difference in how we treat mental health. Learn more about the Hi, How Are You Foundation and say Hi!
Start with your heart. For many of us, it’s too easy to get caught up in helping others suffering from mental illness and forget to look out for our own mental well-being. Make your personal mental health a priority and reach out to a friend, loved one, or organization (like SIMS!) if you need help.
SIMS is not a 24-Hour crisis line. If you are in crisis, please call 512-472-HELP or 911.