COVID-19 has caused social media consumption and communication to increase, while mental health may be decreasing. However, finding resources and getting the support you need is not as challenging with everything and everyone moving to virtual communication methods. Businesses, organizations, events and everyday interactions have been moved online through social media, video uploads and live chat rooms. With social media consumption being higher, the methods organizations are utilizing are ideal ways to feel connected, yet disconnected from social media. In fact, mental health organizations have used the pandemic to their advantage by formulating new conversations and check-in methods for their communities moving forward. With so many organization platforms to pick and choose from, we have decided to put together a list of a few great mental health community organizations to follow and do some research on:
The National Alliance On Mental Health has been heavily active on social media and providing countless resources such as their hotline, support groups, and educational pamphlets to help community members understand the warning signs of various mental illnesses and how to approach situations appropriately. Additionally, they have an online store for users to purchase merchandise, gifts, and educational courses. NAMI has been proven to be an amazing platform for all ages by providing opportunities for wellness quotes, webinars, fundraisers, videos showcasing people’s stories on mental health and support. This way, there is something for everyone based on your media consumption interests, whether it is multimedia, community pages, or participating in an active webinar or fundraiser.
The Blue Dove Foundation does an excellent job of providing support and showcasing experiences from people of diverse backgrounds that have suffered from different setbacks throughout their lives. What has stood out is that the foundation has incorporated plenty of virtual events, like self-care cooking lessons, or offers their community members to host mental health Shabbat dinners. The Blue Dove is also perfect for those who are looking to take away something from listening to other people’s stories. Furthermore, there are monthly virtual trainings, including learning how to save a life, recovery programs as well as hosting conversations about a variety of topics like eating disorders, suicide stories or yoga threapy supporting infertility.
Mental Health Matters By Kylie Verzosa has plenty of colorful, motivational quotes or daily affirmations that get your day started right. From consultations, Instagram Live sessions and both private and public support groups on Facebook, Kylie’s organization is a primary example that anybody can get involved with talking about mental health and advocating for others. Kylie created the group back in 2016 after she was crowned Miss International and explained that she wanted to open about her and her family’s experiences with depression and other mental illnesses. Kylie’s decision to create her organization with a variety of tools for her growing support group enables people to feel good about themselves and talk about experiences out with others. Kylie also continues to publish electronic resources such as apps, infographics, and tips to change your mindset and everyday habits.
Keeping in mind that nobody is ever alone and that there are always going to be resources, whether you find them yourself or by talking with others, there will always be new opportunities available to you not only as we navigate COVID-19 and its uncertainties, but also beyond.
About the Author: Joey Wegrzyn is the founder and owner of Daydreamrr Apparel, an online apparel family-owned business based in Chicago that creates clothing with a cause. Joey’s line continues to advocate for mental health and wellness among all ages and strives for awareness of community resources and safe-space conversations. The line features a variety of feel-good apparel including their handmade leggings, graphic design tees as well as accessories such as fanny packs, socks and backpacks. For more information, check out https://daydreamrr.com/ and check out their Facebook and Instagram pages.