30 Day Insta Story Challenge

#BreakTheStigma Around Mental Health

September 30, 2018
30 Day Instagram Story Challenge

Edit: When you're ready to join this challenge, do just one day at a time - starting with day one (below), no need to try to catch up to anyone.

September was National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and I’m proud to be a part of a company that supports those affected by mental illness. Entercom created the I’m Listening campaign to end the stigma of talking about mental health and aired a broadcast on September 9 to discuss the topic of suicide and mental health.

I have been a part of the #22PushupChallenge for over 625 days in a row to spread awareness that every day an average of 20 (formerly 22) combat veterans die by suicide each and every day. In the process of participating in this challenge on Instagram (@JMattMke), I have found my voice as a mental health advocate and have become more comfortable with sharing my own experiences.

It is a combination of the information above that has encouraged me to create this 30-Day Instagram Story Challenge to help break the stigma around mental health. Spreading awareness shouldn’t just be reserved for a month or two (Mental Health Awareness Month happens annually during the month of May), it is something that needs to be talked about regularly – even daily.

Before we get started, if you or someone you know is struggling and the situation is potentially life-threatening, please call 911 immediately or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (both are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

The goal of this 30-Day Instagram Story Challenge is to put more faces and voices to what mental health is and, in the process, do our part to #BreakTheStigma. If at any point you feel uncomfortable answering a question, you can skip that day. I am starting this challenge on my Instagram account (@JMattMke) on October 1, 2018, but you are welcome to join at any time. I would love it if you passed this link around – the more participation, the better! Please tag me if you participate, I would love to keep track of your story.

  1. What’s a common stigma that you’ve heard about mental illness?
  2. When’s the last time you checked on someone you had concerns about?
  3. Have you been formally diagnosed with a mental illness?
  4. What do you wish more people knew about your mental illness?
  5. Has anything prevented you from asking for help in the past?
  6. What’s one of your triggers?
  7. Have you tried therapy?
  8. Have you taken medications?
  9. Have you tried mindfulness meditation?
  10. Do you feel supported by your family?
  11. Do you feel supported by friends?
  12. Do you feel supported at work?
  13. Do you have at least one person you can talk to about what you struggle with?
  14. What are a few of your warning signs that we should be aware of?
  15. Share something you struggled with today.
  16. What helps you when you’re struggling?
  17. What’s one way that you will practice self-care today?
  18. What was your highlight of the day?
  19. Name at least one positive trait that has come from having a mental illness.
  20. How does your physical health play a role in your mental health?
  21. How can we support each other better?
  22. What’s one of your favorite mental health accounts to follow?
  23. Is there a mental health advocate that inspires you?
  24. Is there a specific mental illness you’d like to know more about?
  25. How can we support youth that may be struggling with depression?
  26. What would you tell your younger self about your mental health?
  27. What do you hope for your future self when it comes to your mental health?
  28. What is your reason for never giving up?
  29. How do we break the stigma around mental health?
  30. What has been your biggest takeaway from participating in this challenge?

There are more questions that could be added to this list, what would you add? What do you think is important to discuss when it comes to mental health? This 30-Day Instagram Story Challenge is just the start, it’s up to us to keep the conversation going well into the future! When you're ready to join this challenge, do just one day at a time - starting with day one, no need to try to catch up to anyone.

All Radio.com stations are committed to ending the stigma of talking about mental health. For more information and resources, visit ImListening.org.