How to Better Support Each Other’s Mental Health

From Resources to What to Ask and Say

February 5, 2019
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A couple of weeks ago, the @World_Record_Egg started cracking (you know, the one with over 50 million likes on Instagram); then last week the egg teased that there would be a big reveal following the Super Bowl. There were so many guesses circling around what could be in the egg and I have to say, I was presently surprised that they used their influence to talk about the very important issue of mental health!

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The video first dropped on Hulu and was later released on the egg’s Instagram account as a 30-second video – showing that the pressure of pressure of social media was causing the egg to crack. It was a pretty clever way to get awareness out about the need to talk to someone if you’re struggling and what resources are available.

Phew! I feel so much better now -- If you’re feeling the pressure, visit talkingegg.info to find out more. Let’s build this list together -- #EggGang #WeGotThis #TalkingEgg

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Well, before I saw what was going on with the egg, I wanted to write a new blog about mental health (I don’t think we can talk about mental health issues enough since the stigma around it is still so great). Last week I saw a trending hashtag for #WhatsOnYourID – a collaborative project between Active Minds, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the Crisis Text Line.

The concept behind “What’s On Your ID” is to transform college campuses to offer more support for students by putting mental health resources on the back of their student IDs. What an idea if you ask me! This is something that most students always have on them. We should provide them with free resources like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) so they have it if (and when) they need it – for themselves OR someone they’re concerned about.

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Aside from resources, knowing ‘what’ to say to those you’re close to can make all the difference too. According to an article written by Mashable, the Crisis Text Line (you can text HELLO to 741-741 if you need assistance from their resource) analyzed 75 million texts to figure out the best way to ask if someone is suicidal (and phrases that are less effective). Quick answer – use compassion.

But what might that compassionate phrasing look like? The article goes on to suggest that something along these lines may help, “I just want to check in about your safety. Have you had any thoughts about death or dying?” Not all mental illness concerns lead to the thoughts of suicide, but there is no denying the importance to support each other no matter what kind of struggles that they’re (or we’re) experiencing.

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On February 26, 2019, there is a new movement that you can join to show your support with the hashtag of #BeLikeableDay (on social media). As their website describes, “in a world of negativity online, take one day to make a difference.” Think of the positive impact that you can make, even if you’re being deliberate about it (i.e. leaving a compliment on someone’s Instagram post or retweeting someone). It all starts with one kind gesture that can have a ripple effect of positivity throughout our communities.

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