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Do you feel “NAMI Pride?” Driven by the reality that LGBTQ+ people are impacted unequally by mental illness and a lack of mental health resources, we are inspired to bring light to this important topic. To us, mental health without conditions is more than a catchy slogan: It is a step toward mental health for all. It is a commitment to work together. NAMI Pride is not just this month, but every month. It is this year, this decade and this lifetime. If you’re not already participating, we invite you to join our movement.
When we say, “I Am NAMI Pride,” we are owning it. Asserting it. Declaring loud and clear that we are a powerful part of a unified whole, an organization comprised of individuals who care deeply about sharing who they are and what they have to offer.
It’s been there in NAMI’s name all along: “I AM.” It’s an answer to so many mental health questions that swirl around us: Who is there to help others feel less alone? I am. Who is there to help my child who lives with a mental health condition? I am. Who is a light in the darkness? I am. Who is resilient? I am. Who is committed to bringing justice with compassion? I am. Who is out and proud of it? I am.
Throughout June, we invite you to share why you are proud by tagging us (@NAMICommunicate) and using our hashtag #IAmNAMIPride. Feel free to also bookmark this webpage, as we’ll be adding more resources and ways to get involved throughout the month.
NAMI supports public policies that reduce mental health inequities for LGBTQ+ populations, like enforcing non-discrimination protections in health care and removing barriers to accessing appropriate mental health care.
Members of the LGBTQ+ community experience mental health conditions at a higher rate than their peers, but often cannot access the mental health care they need. All people deserve access to quality mental health care, free from discrimination or interference. This Pride Month, we’re asking advocates to show their support for equal access to mental health care by signing this petition.
Will you join us? Sign our petition to show your support for access to mental health care in the LGBTQ+ community.
Act Now and Share
To help get you get started, feel free to use these sample social media posts:
NAMI Pride is not just this month, but every month. It is this year, this decade, and this lifetime! Learn more about NAMI’s initiatives this month: nami.org/pride #IAmNAMIPride.
Everyone deserves community, respect, love, and access to culturally competent care! #IAmNAMIPride
I am proud of who I am and what I stand for! #IAmNAMIPride
LOUD and PROUD, I support the LGBTQ+ community! I am an ally, a friend, and an advocate. #IAmNAMIPride
Mental health for all means just that, mental health for all! No matter what you identify as you are deserving of care! #IAmNAMIPride
Share some of our graphics below (access our full set of graphics here). Don’t forget to tag @NAMICommunicate on Instagram and Twitter, and @NAMI on TikTok and Facebook — and use our hashtag #IAmNAMIPride!
Update your Facebook profile with the NAMI #IAmNAMIPride frame and encourage others to do the same.
To add a frame:
Together, we can create meaningful change in mental health for the LGBTQ+ community.
Write your personal story about LGBTQ+ mental health and submit it to us for the NAMI Blog.
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From the 2023 Survey on the Mental Health of LGBTQ Young People by The Trevor Project: