National Silence The Shame Day

National Silence the Shame Day is a holiday observed every May 5th, designed to spark a conversation about mental health awareness and to end the stigma often associated with mental illness. It is a day when we can all work together to build mental health literacy, not only among individuals but also within communities.

It is also a day when organizations reach out to communities to provide the information needed for mental health literacy. Since many people feel stigmatized when diagnosed with mental health challenges, it is important for them to realize that they are not alone and do not have to live in silence.

The History of National Silence the Shame Day

This holiday was first founded by The Hip-Hop Professional Foundation on May 5, 2017. They created this holiday to increase positive education about mental illnesses and to encourage people to openly talk about mental health and the challenges they face.

Some Quick Facts About Mental Health

Below are some quick facts about mental health that people might want to know more about. Let’s take a quick look at them before moving on to the observation of National Silence the Shame Day.

  • Approximately 1 in 5 people will suffer from mental illness.
  • Approximately 44 million Americans struggle with mental health problems.
  • Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.

Observing National Silence the Shame Day

This holiday can be observed by attending a mental health fair, having a mental health checkup with a professional, or attending counseling sessions. People can also find out what they can do to make a difference for those suffering from mental health challenges.

While observing this holiday, everyone should use the hashtag #SilenceTheShame in solidarity with those suffering from mental health challenges or the perceived stigma associated with them, and to spread the word about this important day.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 5 Sunday
Next year (2025)
May 5 Monday
Last year (2023)
May 5 Friday
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