Learn how you can make a difference this Holiday season!

Holiday season is upon us and this is the time of year for giving. Whether it is by helping out your local community or making a donation, every little bit counts and makes a difference. Donating and volunteering for the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee can help provide education and support to the 35,000 Tennesseans with the mental health needs each year. There are many ways that you can help the organization this season.

Bridging the gap between mental health and law

Many people struggle with finding resources and guidance when it comes to mental health awareness. Mental illness on its own can be very challenging to overcome and when paired with stressful events, it can worsen and sometimes lead to unlawful or even self-harming events. Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee has found that there are gaps in knowledge between mental illness and law. This is why they have decided to bring together successful professionals to speak and educate on both topics.

Did You Know? Shocking Facts About Mental Health

Mental illness doesn’t mean that someone is “crazy” and unpredictable. Common mental illnesses can range from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD.) So it’s important to focus on ways to be more aware and conscious of people surrounding us. Remember, understanding can go a long way.

Mental Illness and Semicolons; Is There a Connection?

If you have paid attention to social media lately, you may have noticed postings about the semicolon project, but what is it? As stated on their website, this project is “..for everyone who self-harms, is suicidal, depressed, has anxiety, is unhappy, going through a broken heart or just lost a loved one.”

April Showers bring May what?

Why is Mental Health Month important? As stated previously, this month is geared towards mental illness awareness. That’s why MHA has chosen the “B4Stage4” campaign. On the MHA website it is stated, “Mental health concerns are no different from any other physical health concerns. They should be thought about and treated the same way – long before they reach Stage 4.”

Walk a Mile in HER Boots

Let’s take a walk in her boots. Lewis served in the United States Army from 2001 until 2010. She worked as an electric maintenance tech, recruiter and trainer for the new enlisted soldiers. Since her time in service, Lewis has since created her own non-profit organization where she produces short and educational films. This allows her to encourage and promote the art of film in her community.