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.
— Time to Change (@TimetoChange) June 19, 2017
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.
— Time to Change (@TimetoChange) June 20, 2017
— The Anxious Fireman (@jonnyward21) June 20, 2017
— Evie????✨ (@ohevieee) June 19, 2017
— Andrea Wade ✨ (@andjjxx) June 19, 2017
— Leon Mckenzie (@LeonMckenzie1) June 19, 2017
— Rose Hedges (@MsRoseHedges) June 19, 2017
— Lauren ???????? (@laurenquig90) June 19, 2017
— Jodie???????? (@JodieVolunteers) June 19, 2017
— Breaking the Silence (@breaking_ts) June 19, 2017
#IWantYouToKnow that to talk about your mental health shows strength. To cry shows courage. And that’s for us men too!
— Harry Eccles (@Heccles94) June 19, 2017
#Iwantyoutoknow that everyone’s story is unique. As much as people would love to ‘snap out of’ bad times, it’s not that simple. Be patient.
— Tony Kainth (@DrTonyKainth) June 19, 2017
— liv (@livv_1207) June 19, 2017
I want you to know the divide between mental and physical illness is false. My anxiety is physical and so is my brain. #IWantYouToKnow
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) June 19, 2017
#Iwantyoutoknow that dealing with mental illness has made me stronger than I ever imagined I was
— Matthew Williams (@3DMathW) June 19, 2017
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.