The month of May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949. Organizations like the NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness) and Mental Health America work to raise awareness and help remove the stigma around talking about mental health #4Mind4Body.
Considering the huge role mental health plays in all of our lives, it can seem pretty surprising the stigma still associated with it. Especially when nearly 1 out 5 Americans struggle with mental health.
The good news is, more people are talking about it. And more open dialogue will lead to better understanding.
When Burger King unleashed its Unhappy Meals. It definitely had a mixed response with salty critics and sweet supporters.
Is Burger King capitalizing to sell burgers? Well, duh.
Do they genuinely care about mental health? It’s up to them to prove over time if this is just a gimmick or a real cause they’re backing.
Does DGAF meal start the right conversation? Maybe, maybe not, but it starts a conversation.
And at the end of the day, starting a conversation about mental health is something organizations like NAMI and Mental Health America can struggle to do with small, restricted non-profit budgets.
Kate Middleton contributes to open the Kantor Centre of Excellence for children’s mental health. More about driving change in children’s mental health here.
When Kanye West addressed mental health and his own bi-polar disorder in a recent Letterman interview.
“This is a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle.” “And if someone has a sprained ankle, you’re not gonna push on him more. With us, once our brain gets to a point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse.
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