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Many people, including myself, struggle with mental health issues, and some people have dealt with intrusive suicidal thoughts.
I have struggled with mental health since middle school and have gone through dark times that have involved these intrusive thoughts. Each year on November 20, we honor and mourn those who have struggled with suicide and suicidal thoughts. November 20 is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a day created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that hosts events and programs for survivors of suicide to come together to raise awareness and share experiences as one community. As part of honoring survivors and those who continue to struggle daily with their mental health, here are 6 incredible Instagram accounts to follow as you continue to support yourself on your mental health journey.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – @afspnational
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the largest suicide prevention program in the country with chapters located across the nation. Their account is filled with survivors’ stories, resources, events promotions, and tons of information regarding suicide and other mental health crises. The AFSP was founded in 1987 in order to help those who have been affected by suicide in over 30 chapters across the country.
Laura Jane Jones – @laurajaneillustrations
Laura Jane’s brightly colored posts are not just pleasing to look at. These posts are the homes of countless pieces of advice for many different struggles, meditations, motivational quotes, and more. She also gives art lessons for her followers to learn how to create their own colorful social media posts. Her content is about helping us bring out the good in ourselves and others and does so through her artwork.
OKclarity – @okclarity
OKclarity is a platform that supports mental health and wellness in the global Jewish community. Founded by Rachel and Fay Brezel, a mother-daughter duo, the platform features a professional directory, anonymous forums, articles (like this one!), and a popular WhatsApp status. The Instagram page features mental health minute videos from various professionals, meaningful quotes, and live-streamed discussions, providing a blend of hope, inspiration, and advice for better living.
To Write Love on Her Arms. – @twloha
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit organization that works to prevent and promote suicide, anxiety, depression, addiction, and self-harm awareness. Established in 2006, TWLOHA was started by Jamie Tworkowski when he wanted to financially and emotionally support his friend, Renee’s, addiction treatment. He did this by sharing her story and selling t-shirts to help cover the costs. Since then they have worked diligently to bring support and hope to those struggling with addiction and mental health through these merchandise sales and other methods.
Barbara – @asoberjewishgirl
Barbara is a college student documenting her road to recovery from addiction and an eating disorder. She documents her studies, travels, religious pride, and struggles on her Instagram page while creating a safe space for her followers to talk about their own personal struggles. She still occasionally struggles with mental health but has been able to overcome several obstacles throughout her journey. Barbara has been sober for over 4 years and is still recovering, but is proud of her progress and hopes her account inspires others to make the changes necessary to find their true happiness.
Mental Health – @mentalhealth
This account, while anonymously run, is home to a vast collection of posts on managing mental health issues and struggles. They post graphics and slideshows filled with advice, quotes, & information on the many different sides and stories of mental wellness. The page’s mission is to become an outlet for people looking for support, and have even created a Facebook group for members to go and openly discuss their stories with others who have gone through similar experiences.
As someone who struggles with mental health daily, I personally love these accounts and the feeling of community and hope they provide.
Many of these influencers have impacted me in several ways, especially in reassuring me that I am not alone. These accounts are some of the thousands of social media platforms and accounts that work diligently to bring awareness to suicide and mental health illnesses. I stand with those who have survived this tragedy and mourn for those who have lost their fight. I hope that these accounts and the resources they promote guide you through these difficult times.