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Instagram On Mental Health Awareness Month: #HereForYou

Did you see what Instagram is doing for Mental Health Awareness Month this May? We are super impressed over here at The Watershed and so excited to see such a large community of people bonding and connecting over the hashtag #hereforyou on IG.

Mental Health Awareness Month: #HereForYou

Good Morning America had the first look at Instagram’s new Mental Health Awareness Month campaign, #hereforyou.  Instagram’s Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine and “Pretty Little Liars” star Troian Bellsiario (who has opened up about her past struggle with an eating disorder) talked about the importance of mental health issues and the different supportive communities that are already on the app sharing their experience, strength, and hope with one another.

Different community members are highlighted on Instagram’s main account to help open up the conversation so that others feel comfortable, connected, and safe to share their mental health stories.

@SleepInTheGardn: Troian Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars” star, shares opening about her struggles with mental health and eating disorders.

@Elyse.Fox: 27 year-old Elyse Fox documented her depression during what she describes as the “worst year” and started @SadGirlsClubPBG as a way to help other women who may be suffering from depression.

To learn more about Instagram’s #hereforyou campaign and hear more stories, check out their website

If you haven’t had the chance to hit your IG yet, you need to check it out now. If you want to join the mental health awareness community, be sure to use the IG hashtag #hereforyou when tagging your mental health journey photos. We also would love to see and hear about them, too, so don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @TheWatershed and use the hashtag #WatershedCares.

Mental Health Awareness Month & Recovery

Mental health can affect anyone, at any age, at any social or economic background, and it’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Many people may find themselves self-medicating with drugs, alcohol, food, sex, shopping, gambling, etc. before they reach out for help, but that doesn’t have to keep happening. The more we talk about mental health issues and solutions, the more people we can help recover from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other mental health problems.

Now is a great time to open the doors to communication. If you or anyone you know is struggling with a mental health issue, talk about it. It is okay to go through difficult times in life – it’s part of being human. Let’s stop making mental health issues about weakness and start talking about the strength it takes to work towards recovery.

If you feel like you are using drugs or alcohol to help control your mental health state, please contact us at 1-800-439-5959 to find out how you can heal and stay healed without the use abuse of drugs or alcohol. There is hope and it starts with just one call.


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