NAMI, Instagram working together to share resources for mental health in isolation

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Instagram announced this week that they were joining forces to share resources to help people address their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the country, stay-at-home orders and quarantines are forcing people inside their homes, many in isolation. And many are turning to Instagram as a way to connect with others, to get inspired by others, and to maintain their mental health. NAMI and Instagram said they are working together to provide resources for mental health during this time of crisis.

“(W)e want to make sure people have ways to feel connected to their communities and get help from others,” the groups said in a press release. “With so many people stuck inside, and often in isolation, we also want to help people find accurate, reliable mental health information. Through this partnership, we will distribute expert guidance and recommendations on Instagram to help protect mental health during social distancing.”

Using animation studio Gunner in Detroit, the organizations have created animations of what NAMI recommends people do to keep up their mental health, including maintaining a routine, staying connected to friends despite physical distancing, and limiting news intake if you find it triggering.

NAMI will also provide mental health resources on its Instagram account @NAMICommunicate through Instagram Live, where Instagram creators and NAMI experts will discuss topics like dealing with stress at this time, adapting to your “new normal,” and what kinds of positive activities can keep you moving, inspired and distracted.

“We hope these resources will promote positive mental health and make the time we’re all spending inside, or in isolation, a bit easier to manage,” the groups said.

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