These Instagram accounts raise awareness on mental health
By Renee San Juan
December 4, 2019 at 1:59 pm

Social media has its disadvantages, but from time to time, it’s good to remember that it has a bright side. For starters, there are accounts that have a good cause, like building a platform for people dealing with mental health issues. Take Instagram for instance: With over a billion active users, it has evolved into a space where people could talk about important topics including mental health. There’s a good number of accounts producing insightful and positive content that can resonate with people battling with anxiety, depression, and other disorders. Here are some of our favorites:

@stacieswift

If you’re in need of a little pep talk, this Instagram account is for you. It consists of positive affirmations to help you remember your worth every now and then. Stacie Swift, the owner of this account, is an author and illustrator. Her debut book, “You Are Positively Awesome,” will be published in May 2020.

@letstalkaboutmentalhealth

This account aims to destigmatize mental health illnesses by sharing stories by survivors. The account is owned by Jessica Walsh, who says: “Writing down my own story has been incredibly empowering and freeing. Since I’ve started talking openly about my issues with people around me, I’ve been surprised to find just how common mental health issues are. Friends and colleagues who often lead seemingly perfect or successful lives, even those in prominent positions within the creative industry have come forward and shared their stories.”

@makedaisychains

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It’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. ⠀ TW: Mental health, suicide, murder, no graphic details. ⠀ The day is to remember trans people who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. The day also draws attention to the violence trans people go through. As my page talks a lot about chronic illness and mental health; my post is focusing on that. ⠀ Some facts from @stonewalluk (Great Britain focused from 2012 survey): ⠀ ❌ 48% of Transgender people in Britain have attempted suicide at least once. ❌ 84% have thought about suicide ❌ 55% have been diagnosed with depression ❌ 54% have been told by their GP they don’t know enough about trans people to provide care. ⠀ Our current healthcare system is failing trans people. There is not enough training for healthcare staff so they can feel confident and trans healthcare staff face difficulties working/qualifying. Trans people face barriers accessing physical healthcare, mental healthcare and long waiting times for gender clinics. ⠀ If you’re a healthcare professional, read up on trans health; google it. Look on @stonewalluk , follow some trans voices here on Instagram and just listen. Call out transphobia in your workplace (where safe to do so). ⠀ [image description: hand drawn digital illustration of two people holding hands at a table. The view is from above and there is a candle. The hands at the front have dark skin, tattoos on left hand, blue wrist support on right hand. Green shirt sleeves. The hands on the other side have lighter skin, hair on arms and fingers, purple nail varnish and a pink jumper. Below the candle it says “trans day of remembrance. Holding space for all the trans people who can’t access the healthcare they need”. The background is dark and the only light comes from the candle. ] #tdor #transdayofremembrance #transremembranceday #transgenderdayofremembrance #trans #transgender #nonbinary #transmentalhealth #mentalhealthrecovery #genderqueer #lgbt #chronicillness

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Anyone can experience mental health problemsincluding the LGBTQ+ community and persons with disabilities. This account makes sure to incorporate inclusivity in its posts. The account owner also identifies as queer.

@theblurtfoundation

The founder of this account, Jayne Hardy, was diagnosed with depressive disorder during her 20s. She created Blurt to prevent others from feeling such isolation and to provide support for those struggling with depression. The Blurt Foundation is more than just an Instagram account. They are a social enterprise that gives back to one specific community: those affected by depression. They aim to improve depression awareness by developing peer support groups and collaborate with partners for innovation.

@thepsychologymum

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This was my post for #worldmentalhealthday last year and it was shared 1000s of times. It’s being shared again lots today so thought I’d pop it up on my page. It’s world mental health day (although I believe every day should be mental health day). So what? You might say. Why does this matter? Don’t We all know about mental health now the conversation has taken off? (We don’t). . During my time As a clinical psychologist I have seen a marked change in how we speak about mental health. It can be seen as trendy or fashionable to speak about mental health, but I I don’t care why we are speaking as I can see the difference this change in discourse and attitudes can make to people at an individual level. But I believe it’s important to keep this conversation going as we’ve got someway to go yet. Here’s just some to the reasons why: •There is still a huge amount of stigma and misinformation attached to mental health. •Both individual and institutional bias to mental health difficulties still exists. •Many people who experience mental health difficulties still don’t feel able to or can’t access help, as it’s just not there. •There is still a disparity between physical health and mental health. •Despite “Mental health problems accounting for 23 per cent of the burden of disease in the United Kingdom, spending on mental health services consumes only 11 per cent of the NHS budget.” (Kings Fund, 2015) •Suicide remains the biggest killer of men under 45 (Calmzone). . That’s a pretty strong argument I think. We should all know by now if you have a brain then you have mental health. Having worked in clinical psychology for over 15 years I personally believe that no one is immune to dips in their mental health and given the right (or wrong) mix of person and context that anyone's mental health can suffer. So let’s keep this conversation going. I’ve put a template in my stories you can use if you are not sure what to say or how to join in. But please never feel obliged to speak about your own mental health if you don’t want to. It is your choice what you share or don’t share. Thank you to everyone who joined in and contributed to my illustrations.

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Need to know more about mental health? This account aims to educate everyone by posting evidence-based mental health and psychology information including statistics. The founder is a registered clinical psychologist so it’s safe to say that it’s a credible source.

@lizandmollie

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To help myself take guilt- and anxiety-free breaks, I’ve started to write down three things I want to accomplish each day. Having a clear roadmap helps me focus, and knowing I finished valuable tasks helps me feel accomplished. ✅ . Too often, we’re anxious because we’re not sure what we should be working on. Creating a plan for yourself (and taking it to your manager to have them confirm you’ve correctly prioritized your work) can make it easier to fully detach on nights and weekends. ❤️ . . . #burnout #stress #anxiety #selfcare #selflove #lists #chart #flowchart #development #personalgrowth #overwhelmed #anxious #work #workweek #tuesday #theoffice #job #business #busy #emotions #feelings #art #illustration #drawing #artoftheday #artistsoninstagram

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The founders, Liz and Mollie, authors of the book “No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work,” founded this account to talk about how to have a positive work environment. It’s relatable for working people as it shares posts about burnouts, work anxiety, and adulthood.

@bethdrawsthings

This account posts illustrations of situations you can’t control, like hating oneself because of overwhelming thoughts or not being able to get out of bed because of depression. Despite the gravity of their subject, this account takes a lighthearted approach in trying to shed light on mental health issues, providing simple, uplifting advice such as “choose happiness!”

Photo courtesy of Stacie Swift’s Instagram Account

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