16 Ways You Can Make a Difference: Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is the month where we strive to make it known that mental health is just as important as physical health. In fact, they are one in the same! 

While this blog is about helping you market your private practice, that is simple a means to an end. Our mission is to change the world. I hope your mission is to change the world as well. 

Sometimes, what is good for the world, is also great for your business. How awesome is that? Here are some ways you can support the #endthestigma campaign, get expert information out to your community, and build your business. I'm going to cover 16 quick ways you can help during Mental Health Awareness Month. What if the 10,000 therapists we have contact with every month each did just one of these things? Could that make a difference? 

  1. Go onto to www.bufferapp.com load in your personal Facebook, business Facebook page, twitter, or LinkedIn. I don't care which one. Use the free version and post 10 messages about mental health to drip out.

  2. Write a blog, note, letter, or article about mental health awareness and why you are passionate about it. Post it on your business website.

  3. Send a blog, note, letter, or article to your personal connections and let them know how important this is and ask them to share the article with their contacts.

  4. Share your blog, note, letter, or article on BufferApp or just on your Facebook wall. Ask people to share it.

  5. Share your blog, note, letter, or article with your local colleagues or local professional association.

  6. Record a video talking about mental health awareness month at least 60 seconds describing why you are passionate about mental health and share it with at least one person.

  7. Share that video above on your business blog.

  8. Share that video above with your local colleagues.

  9. Send a message to your LinkedIn connections telling them why you are so passionate about mental health awareness month.

  10. Get crazy and use hashtags like #endthestigma #therapyrocks or #mentalhealthawarenessweek to connect with other passionate people like yourself on social media.

  11. Invite someone out to coffee and talk to them about Mental Health Awareness Month and why it is so important.

  12. Go to the I Have a Therapist website and post a picture saying you support therapy, or you have a therapist.

  13. Go and speak to a local group, a church, a business, etc. about anything related to treating, avoiding, or caring for mental health.

  14. Do something for your own mental health and then post it on social media and tell people you did it in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month!

  15. Pin this post to Pinterest.

  16. Do something completely different and post it in the comments below.

Let's normalize having a therapist or guide to be mentally healthy. Let's support people with and without severe mental illness to lead healthy, happy lives! Share this post with friends, colleagues, or business contacts so they can get in on the action! 

 

Miranda Palmer

I have successfully built a cash pay psychotherapy practice from scratch on a shoestring budget. I have also failed a licensed exam by 1 point (only to have the licensing board send me a later months later saying I passed), started an online study group to ease my own isolation and have now reached thousands of therapists across the country, helped other therapists market their psychotherapy practices, and helped awesome business owners move from close to closing their doors, to being profitable in less than 6 weeks. I've failed at launching online programs. I've had wild success at launching online programs. I've made mistakes in private practice I've taught others how to avoid my mistakes. You can do this. You were called to this work. Now- go do it! Find some help or inspiration as you need it- but do the work!

Get Support!

Dear Helper and Healer,

You are amazing! You are talented! AND you have something to offer the world! But are you feeling a little isolated? We sit in our offices, doing our fabulous work and sometimes never seeing people other than our clients during the day. We all are working hard and wanting more balance in our lives, so I thought I might share some quick tips to getting more support while you build your private practice.

  • Get a partner in crime - Have someone you can meet with on a regular basis to talk about your practice and be held accountable for the changes you are making. Schedule a lunch or a coffee and get out of the office to share and know that you aren't alone.

  • Get supervision - This has been my all time favorite. I love being able to really stimulate my creativity with my supervisor. Even though I am licensed, it helps to have someone beside you encouraging you and opening up new ways of looking at things.

  • Get online - There are a ton of groups online where people share their marketing ideas and support each other in building their businesses. You can find them on LinkedIn or join one of our free eCourses like our Website 101 program.

  • Join a professional organization - Maybe you have a local professional chapter that hosts events for therapists or maybe even attending a group that is for local business owners can help you get out of your shell, get some networking in and all the while you can learn from other business owners.

  • Reach out for success - Does someone inspire you in their private practice? Reach out to them...talk to them and learn from them. We always say that you become successful by surrounding yourself with successful people.

  • Don't be afraid to share - You will learn alot from others, but others have a thing or two to learn from you. Give back and when you can be open and honest about where you are at in your business.

The only way to make this field a better one is to support each other in the process. We are passionate about changing people's businesses because it makes a better life for the individual, their clients and for our profession as whole. What do you do to get the support you need?