May is Mental Health Awareness Month & AWI is Celebrating, Wellness Style!

Join AWI’s #myMHmatters campaign!

Hello friends! We hope that 2017 has been a fantastic year for you so far. We can’t believe that April is coming to a close, but that means that May’s Mental Health Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Week kick off tomorrow! And Art With Impact is celebrating…wellness style. Intrigued? Read on!

Every week day during the month of May we will post a film from the OLIVE Film Collection along with an interview of a filmmaker, advocate or organization change-making in the field of the film theme for that day. We’ll also be posing questions to reflect on how the film and daily theme can relate to your own life, and provide a list of awesome mental health resources and organizations to connect with. Each week has a different over arching theme and we’ve been busy teaming up with some seriously incredible organizations to highlight throughout the month so we can all promote mental wellness together.

Why might you participate, you ask? Maybe it’s because you care about mental wellness and are always looking for new ways to be your best self through learning new practices or gaining new knowledge. Or because you are committed to creating a world where nobody feels isolated, ashamed, or hopeless when they experience mental illness. Or because it’s fun to maintain wellness while reducing stigma, engaging in meaningful art, and learning about individuals and organizations doing great work. Maybe you’re just doing this because you feel like it. You tell us! Feel free to include a “why” in your posts so we know more about your awesomeness.

To join in on the hashtag activity: watch the film of the day, engage with the questions, and tell us your thoughts in the blog comments, via Facebook comment, by tagging us or retweeting on Twitter, or commenting and tagging Instagram with the hashtag #MyMHMatters! If you’re interested in getting involved as a partner organization related to our weekly themes, please reach out! Below is a sneak peak of the daily and weekly themes for the month. And be sure to connect with us at @artwithimpact 🙂

Week 1: Stigma

May 1 -5

Week 2: Art & Mental Health

May 8 – 12

Week 3: Communities of Support 

May 15 – 19

Week 4: Resilience

May 22 – 26

Stigma in the male community
Photography
Mentors and online communities
Finding Answers Within
Stigma in the Black community
Visual Arts
Giving to others
Mental Illness + You
Mental Health Does Not Define Me
Music
Peer to Peer support
Radical Self Acceptance
Cultural Stigma
Illustration
Teen mental health
College Mental Health
Fighting Stigma through Advocacy
Writing
Empathy
LGBTQ Mental Health

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