11 Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following During Mental Health Month
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Instagram is rolling out a new campaign, #HereForYou, to highlight how supportive the mental health community can be.
“Every day, people use Instagram to share their mental health journeys and connect with communities of support,” Instagram wrote in a blog post. “From dedicated accounts tackling real issues, to hashtags of support and kind comments, Instagram has become an important community of support. We are inspired by these voices.”
To highlight more voices in the mental health community, we’ve rounded up 11 of our favorite mental health related Instagram accounts.
1. The Sad Ghost Club
Started by Lize Meddings and Laura Cox, The Sad Ghost Club raises mental health awareness through comics and its sad ghost community. The club bills itself as a place for anyone who has ever felt sad, lost or like they don’t fit in.
2. Mental Health America
Mental Health America is a community-based nonprofit organization which works to address the needs of those living with mental illness. Its Instagram features wellness reminders, uplifting quotes and mental illness inspired illustrations and infographics.
3. Introvert Doodles
TRIGGER WARNING: self-injury Today is Self-Injury Awareness Day. I didn’t know if I wanted to bring it up, because even 15+ years since I got help for this issue, I still feel residual shame about it. But that’s the problem, isn’t it? We’re embarrassed to admit that we’re human, that we’re hurting, that we are anything less than perfect. We’re afraid to talk about mental health because we think we’ll be judged, or ridiculed, or abandoned. But this cycle of silence and shame needs to stop. It ends with me, and it ends with you. Let’s talk. Let’s share. Let’s #breakthestigma
Introvert Doodles features a number of relatable comics about various mental health conditions including anxiety and self-harm. Marzi, the comic’s creator, also shares illustrations about just being shy and introverted in general.
4. Make Daisy Chains
Please take your medication as prescribed. If you take meds for your mental health and want to reduce or come off please make a plan. Talk to people who support you, whether that’s friends, family, healthcare professionals etc. Let them know and have a plan to monitor how you feel and if you feel worse, what you should do. Never ever just stop medication (unless you have an allergic reaction obviously. ) ???????? ???? #boringselfcare . . . . . . . #edfam #edfamiliy #therapy #mentalhealth #mentalillness #drawing #art #illustration #psychosis #ocd #depression #anxiety #gad #bpd #selfharrm #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #eatingdisorder #anorexia #promarker #art #illustration #chroncillness #spoonie #spoonies #spooniesunite
Hannah Daisy, a mental health occupational therapist, is changing the conversation around self-care through her series of #BoringSelfCare illustrations. Daisy’s illustrations cover less than luxurious, but incredibly important, self-care tasks like doing the dishes, getting dressed, household chores and other personal items.
5. Lil Moon Child
This is my interpretation of generalized anxiety disorder. I often times feel as if a black hand is rising up through my chest and clutching my throat and chest, trying to pull me into an abyss of chaos. I feel like my brain can’t function anymore as it goes into overdrive. I can’t think clearly and feel like I don’t understand what’s happening around me. Dealing with anxiety on a daily basis is also quite exhausting which is why I added the shadow under my eyes. GAD is hard to live with and unfortunately many without mental health issues don’t understand it. I want people to see what anxiety looks like on the outside as a way to deconstruct all the misconceptions around it. Having GAD does NOT mean that I want to be left alone and isolated. It’s hard for me to to go social events but that does NOT mean I don’t want friends. It’s just harder for me but I’m trying my best everyday! May is mental health awareness month. Please join me in raising awareness by participating in the #insideoutchallenge. I challenge you to show the world what your battle with mental illness looks like so others who fight the same battles know they’re not alone, so others will see that mental illness should be treated the same way as physical illness, without any judgment or stigma. ???????????? ________________________________________________ PRODUCTS USED: @kryolanofficial Aqua colours, @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_canada black liquid liner, vivid halo liquid liner, vivid sapphire liner, @katvondbeauty “Underage Red” everlasting liquid lipstick ________________________________________________ #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmonth #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthmatters #getloud #b4stage4 #mentalillness #anxiety #generalizedanxietydisorder #nyxcanada #nyxcosmetics #bluehair #inspiration #makeup #makeupbyme #makeuplover #makeupartist #makeupaddict #mua #buzzfeed #themighty #mic #bluehair #depression #dontgiveup #wakeupandmakeup
Beauty blogger Yasaman Gheidi shares more than just makeup tutorials on her Instagram page. Gheidi speaks openly about her experience with mental illness and is the creator of the “Inside Out Challenge,” which asks people to use makeup to illustrate their mental illness.
6. Marcela Ilustra
SWIPE FOR MORE INFO ???? So I was watching 13 Reasons Why and I was thrilled with a few things. Leaving aside whether you liked the series or not, it tackles a theme that we need to talk about for sure. I’m very emotional and nervous talking about that – it is heavy, sad and horrible, but it happens all the time. People feel so much pain that they get to the point of taking their own lives. Mental illnesses and especially depression make us distort reality so severely that we feel like nobody cares about us and nothing matters anymore. I know because I had already felt that way. At one point in my life, I felt I had no purpose and that everyone would be better off without me. I felt such a void, an apathy where this idea of vanishing did not frighten me. I was numb, lost and it seems like the only solution sometimes. Luckily, before anything else I managed to see a light in the darkness and I asked for help. I just put it out to my family and assumed that I could no longer handle it alone, I desperately needed guidance and support. And that’s what I got from many people that I’m now so grateful. So please, if you’re feeling like life does not make sense anymore, or are having any kind of suicidal thoughts, please get help right now. Do not isolate yourself, do not think that you should have to solve your problems yourself. You don’t, just breathe. Talk about it, say everything you are feeling, even the darkest thoughts on your mind. We are here to help each other and there is no shame in asking for help. I have been helped in the past to have the ability to help other people today as well. You are so important, so special and there is so much to do. I will leave lifelines numbers here from Brazil and the US, but if you know of any other support organizations, please tell it in the comments. And for those who know a depressive person, just be there. Pay attention, listen, watch them and never give up helping. One word could make all the difference. Be strong, be kind ❤ #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #youareloved #youarenotalone #life #art #inspiration #illustration
Marcela Sabiá creates body-positive and self-love illustrations with a special focus on mental illness. In addition to her stunning illustrations, Sabiá often writes about her own experience living with mental illness.
7. Sad Girls Club
The Sad Girls Club is an online and in-person mental health community for young women of color. The group is also being highlighted this month as part of Instagram’s #HereForYou campaign.
8. Chuck Draws Things
How you feel about pigeons may change thanks to Chuck Mullin’s anxious pigeon illustrations. Mullin uses her own experience living with anxiety and depression and turns them into adorable looking pigeons with problems that are easy to relate to.
9. Project HEAL
Project HEAL is a nonprofit organization that works towards preventing, treating and supporting those living with an eating disorder. Its Instagram features motivational quotes and inspirational images as well as information about the organization and eating disorders.
10. The Latest Kate
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Love cute animals and motivational messages? Look no further than Kate Allan’s Instagram. Taking from her experience living with anxiety and depression, Allan illustrates messages designed to challenge negative thoughts and help others cope.
11. To Write Love On Her Arms
Welcome to March. Here’s what the TWLOHA Calendar looks like today, thanks to @kathrynbaccash (Words by @bearcatrenee). To get your own TWLOHA 2017 Calendar, follow the link in our profile.
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To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a non-profit organization for young people living with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal thoughts. Its Instagram account shares relatable quotes, information about the organization and stories from members.
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