LikeOneAnother

Submit Your Story

 

Thank you for helping us change the conversation around mental health!  By sharing your story you're showing that people who live with mental health conditions are just like anyone else - we're all more alike than we are different.

Submit a video of yourself addressing one of the two video options below. Or, if you’re more comfortable not talking on camera, you can choose the image submission option instead.

 

Before you submit, be sure to check out this quick video with tips for capturing your best footage!


 

Submission Instructions

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Video Submission Option

This month’s theme, living with mental health, focuses on encouraging the public to realize that we all live with mental health. Mental health conditions do not discriminate, anyone can have one. But everyone with a mental health condition can also find ways to manage it and even recover completely. It doesn’t have to prevent anyone from being themselves and living productive and healthy lives, just like everyone else.

Answer each of the following prompts in your video. Use the fill-in statement at the end to help guide you. Please limit all videos to 60 seconds or less. Look directly into the camera and say…

  1. Your first name only, and what mental health condition you have.

  2. What are three things about you that make you, you?

  3. What is something you’re proud of that your mental health condition did not/doesn’t prevent you from doing?

  4. Help us educate others that anyone can have a mental health condition, and everyone can still lead a productive, healthy, and happy life.

To provide your answers, please complete the statement below or similar:

"Hi my name is [fill in name], and I live with [fill in your mental health condition]. But being me is really more about [fill in three things that you love doing and make you you]. Our interests and hobbies may be different, but one thing we do have in common is that any one of us can experience a mental health condition. Mental health conditions don’t discriminate. But everyone can also learn to manage them, and lead full and productive lives. My [Fill in mental health condition] doesn’t hold me back from [fill in something you’re proud to share]. And mental health conditions don’t have to hold anyone else back from being who they are either.

Example video statement:
“Hi my name is Erika, and I live with [anxiety]. But importantly, [I love to travel, I consider myself a research nerd, and I have an excessive rock collection]. You and I may be very different in some ways, but one thing we do have in common is that any one of us can experience a mental health condition. Mental health conditions don’t discriminate. But everyone can also learn to manage them, and lead full and productive lives. My [anxiety] doesn’t hold me back from [publishing multiple academic journal articles]. And mental health conditions don’t have to hold anyone else back from being who they are either.”

“Hi my name is LeAnn, and I live with [depression]. [I’m a happily married mom of two little boys I love dearly]. People may think that a mom of two with a masters degree might not have a mental health condition, but I do. Mental health can affect all of us, no matter our stage in life or what we’ve accomplished. Through seeking treatment and getting help, I am able to manage my [depression]. I want my boys to know we’re more alike than we are different, and mental health is just health. And mental health conditions don’t have to hold anyone else back from being who they are or leading a full and healthy life.”

Image Submission Option

This month’s theme, living with mental health, focuses on encouraging the public to realize that we all live with mental health. Mental health conditions do not discriminate, anyone can have one. But everyone with a mental health condition can also find ways to manage it and even recover completely. It doesn’t have to prevent anyone from being themselves and living productive and healthy lives, just like everyone else.

Submit an image of yourself doing something you enjoy or something you’re really proud of that makes you who you are. Then include answers to the following questions together in the text box below. Use the fill-in statement at the end to help guide you.

Then include answers to following questions together in the text box below:

  1. Your first name only, and what mental health condition you have.

  2. What are three things about you that make you, you?

  3. What is something you’re proud of that your mental health condition did not/doesn’t prevent you from doing?

  4. Help us educate others that anyone can have a mental health condition, and everyone can still lead a productive, healthy, and happy life.

To provide your answers, please complete the statement below or similar:
"Hi my name is [fill in name], and I live with [fill in your mental health condition]. But being me is really more about [fill in three things that you love doing and make you you]. Our interests and hobbies may be different, but one thing we do have in common is that any one of us can experience a mental health condition. Mental health conditions don’t discriminate. But everyone can also learn to manage them, and lead full and productive lives. My [Fill in mental health condition] doesn’t hold me back from [fill in something you’re proud to share]. And mental health conditions don’t have to hold anyone else back from being who they are either.”

Example answers:
“Hi my name is Erika, and I live with [anxiety]. But importantly, [I love to travel, I consider myself a research nerd, and I have an excessive rock collection]. You and I may be very different in some ways, but one thing we do have in common is that any one of us can experience a mental health condition. Mental health conditions don’t discriminate. But everyone can also learn to manage them, and lead full and productive lives. My [anxiety] doesn’t hold me back from [publishing multiple academic journal articles]. And mental health conditions don’t have to hold anyone else back from being who they are either.”


“Hi my name is LeAnn, and I live with [depression]. [I’m a happily married mom of two little boys I love dearly]. People may think that a mom of two with a masters degree might not have a mental health condition, but I do. Mental health can affect all of us, no matter our stage in life or what we’ve accomplished. Through seeking treatment and getting help, I am able to manage my [depression]. I want my boys to know we’re more alike than we are different, and mental health is just health. And mental health conditions don’t have to hold anyone else back from being who they are or leading a full and healthy life.”

 

 

Story Submission Form

If you didn’t click on the “video” or “image” buttons above and follow the submission instructions, please do so before you submit.

 

More about the campaign

LikeOneAnother is a mental health campaign launched in 2018. LikeOneAnother's goal is to reduce the stigma of mental health conditions by showing that we're all like one another, whether we have a mental health condition or not.

 

Who is behind the campaign?

LikeOneAnother is part of a nationwide effort to reduce stigma of mental health conditions. This effort includes two other campaigns:

Mental Health Champions - A campaign that gives the individuals a way to learn more and do more to fight stigma. Enroll as a “Mental Health Champion” and each week you’ll receive beautiful and positive art along with a fact designed to fight stigma, to share on social media.

Therapy Pets - A campaign by the nation's pets to spread simple messages of love and understanding about mental health. If you have a pet you can submit them to be featured here!

Each one of these campaigns is a project of The Public Good Projects with support from Kaiser Permanente.

 

What are some other mental health resources?

  • The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) provides resources for people who are looking for additional ways to get involved.

  • Mental Health First Aid offers trainings across the U.S. for people who want to become Mental Health First Aiders.

  • Mental Health America is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.