Taking care of mental health is just as important as physical health, especially during these challenging times. Now more than ever, we need to raise our voices about the critical need for more mental health education. While we know there is help and hope for those who face mental health challenges, far too many of us keep our mental health challenges to ourselves. It’s time to end mental health stigma. It’s time to share more of our stories and raise our voices. It’s time to #FreeYourMe.

We launched on World Mental Health Day (Sunday, October 10), with more than 100 posts from ambassadors, including actors, athletes, musicians and influencers, sharing their #FreeYourMe experiences with powerful images on Instagram. 

Free Your Me Aims To:

  • End mental health stigma
  • Educate the public about how mental health impacts us all, and support more mental health education for youth
  • Empower people to share their stories
  • Encourage those faced with mental health challenges to get the help they need

How can you #FreeYourMe?

Join the #FreeYourMe movement!

    • SUPPORT. Look for posts on Instagram @freeyourmeofficial and @NAMIWLA. Like, comment on and share #FreeYourMe posts that resonate with you on your social media accounts. Let’s fill our social media feeds with inspiring posts about mental health!
    • POST. Share your own #FreeYourMe posts. Share your own #FreeYourMe story or your personal thoughts on why it is so critically important to end stigma and provide more mental health education, with posts on social media. Share your own #FreeYourMe story about your mental health experiences. Did your life get better after getting mental health support? Do you want to thank someone for helping you? Use the #FreeYourMe hashtag and tag us: @NAMIWLA and @FreeYourMeOfficial on Instagram. Or: submit your comments or story by form. Students: we have a special form for you. Go ahead: let it yourself be heard! Bonus: Thank (and tag!) those who have helped support your mental health. 
    • SHARE. We can all share information and resources with those in our lives. Why it is so important for us to be ending stigma and advocating for more mental health education? 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 10-34. 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have at least one mental health condition. 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24. If you or someone you know might need mental health help, share our information and resources.

With generous support from Pure Edge Inc