One out of ten people live with a mood disorder, which makes it likely that you or someone you know has to manage the day-to-day—sometimes minute-to-minute—challenges that living with a mood disorder poses. Learning how to navigate in an ever-changing world that is still relatively new to mental health treatment can be overwhelming and sometimes isolating not only for those who live with a mood disorder, but also their friends and loved ones. I’m here… is a way—for both people living with a mood disorder and those who support—to open up a channel for communication and to say, “I’m here…”
Knowing that you’re not alone on your journey is an important part of wellness, but reaching out to others can be difficult and sometimes seem impossible. Conversely, it can be challenging for someone to watch a friend or family member struggle with mood disorder symptoms and not know what to say or do. The goal of I’m here… is not to “fix” anyone or be a counselor of sorts; it’s to connect with another person and to build awareness. Get started!
Make an I’m here… pin
DBSA can provide you with an I’m here… safety pin kit for the cost of shipping. Each kit comes with two safety pins, lime green beads, and an informational card about the campaign.
We encourage you to make your own pin without ordering a kit. In fact, some groups purchase supplies on their own and host kit parties! If you decide to make your own pins, be sure to use lime green beads in support of mental health awareness and for quick recognition. You can even print your own I’m here… information card. See what others have done!
NOTE: We can only ship within the US, but the campaign is worldwide.
Creating Safety in Numbers
Communicating with others is vital when you live with a mood disorder. While it’s common to isolate in times of trouble, knowing that someone understands what you are going through and is willing to support you can help significantly. Creating an I’m here… safety pin with another person starts the conversation. It allows a space for sharing experiences and helping each other.
Mood disorders affect millions of people, yet the stigma surrounding it causes barriers to communication and knowledge about mental health conditions. DBSA is hoping for a chain reaction and ongoing communication so that nobody has to feel alone. Explaining the meaning behind the I’m here… safety pin to people in your life helps the whole community move closer to understanding mental health conditions.
Starting the Conversation
Whether you live with a mental health condition or in support of a friend or family member who lives with one, learning how to open up a channel of communication can be overwhelming at times, especially for the newly diagnosed. Wearing an I’m here… safety pin shows that you’re supportive, open, and aware. Watch demonstration videos or listen to podcasts to see how others have made connections.