People on Social Media Are Using #Iwantyoutoknow to Raise Awareness for Mental Health

If you live with a mental illness, there might be a lot of things you wish others knew about your experience. It can be hard to open up and discuss living with a mental illness. However, having these conversations can foster a greater understanding of mental illness and reduce stigma.

For its most recent campaign, Time for Change, a U.K. based mental health organization, shared the hashtag #Iwantyoutoknow on Twitter, encouraging others to share what they wish people knew about living with a mental illness.

Joanna Kowalski, Head of Marketing and Communications at Time to Change told The Mighty:

We wanted to show how myths and assumptions about mental health problems affect the people that experience them. We’re a social movement, so it’s important that messages come directly from real people. #Iwantyoutoknow is about giving people a way to break down stereotypes and explain what mental illness is really like. By doing that, we can help to change the way people think and act about mental health.

Thousands of people responded to the initial tweet, sharing their own experiences and reminding others that having a mental illness does not make you weak.

What do you want people to know about living with a mental illness? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on social media using the hashtag #Iwantyoutoknow.  

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