The #imnotashamed how to

Starting Thursday, April 7, 2016, support mental health with the hashtag #imnotashamed. You can post a picture or post a message and a quote you found. But say WHY you are not ashamed. It doesn’t work if you just post the hashtag and don’t say why.

The purpose is to say something. The purpose is to talk so we can get rid of stigma. And that has to start with all of us. Examples below.

Share it!

Share it with @BeaconTreeFoundation on Facebook or @Beacon_Tree on Twitter, beacontreeorg on Pinterest. Or share with whatever organization you want to reference, NAMI, AFSP etc.

Share on the social media of your choice: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest. That way we can really make a statement. Share those posted by your friends to your page and with other organizations that support mental health.

Here are some phrases to give you ideas what to say:

Insert your own phrases, these are just ideas.

#imnotashamed to talk about mental illness

#imnotashamed to support those with mental illness

#imnotashamed that I suffer from the illness of depression

#imnotashamed that my son died by suicide

#imnotashamed to be a suicide survivor

#imnotashamed to be a suicide loss survivor

#imnotashamed to be in recovery from addiction

#imnotashamed to be an addict

#imnotashamed to talk about addiction as an illness

#imnotashamed of my sister who suffers from a mental illness

Samples of visuals to represent your statement

Be creative. Use one of these. Or follow an example below:

  1. The easy Grab. Right click the image, save, post, share


2. Thank you to Angel for your bold statement below. Great example.


3. Example of my share

Proud heart

4. Example with a picture of you loved one. You can just post a picture of your child, sister, brother, mother, uncle etc and say what you want to say in your post.

#imnotashamed my child suffered from depression and died by suicide

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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