#IWillListen Campaign Launches in NYC

News from NAMI-NYC Metro:

 

Today we are launching our anti-stigma campaign called “I Will Listen.” Through “I Will Listen”, we hope to break down the stigma associated with mental illness. Please visit www.iwilllisten.org to interact with the campaign.

 

This morning’s New York Times featured an article on the “I Will Listen” campaign. The full article can be read at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/business/media/a-campaign-urges-listening-to-those-torn-by-mental-illness.html?_r=0

 

Additionally, starting today, CBS will air Public Service Announcements for the campaign in the New York market on both WCBS and WLNY!  Full length PSAs can also be seen on www.IWillListen.org

 

As a long time supporter, we need your help to make #IWillListen go viral. Please join us as we kick off this exciting campaign to change the national conversation about mental health by sending this email to your contacts and constituents. You can also join us by posting about the campaign on your social networks (Facebook and Twitter)! Below is an example email to be sent to your networks, as well as a sample tweet and Facebook post.

 

Thank you for your help, together we can reduce the stigma of mental illness by making the promise to listen.

 

- Wendy Brennan

Executive Director, NAMI-NYC Metro

This morning’s New York Times featured an article on the “I Will Listen” campaign. The full article can be read at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/business/media/a-campaign-urges-listening-to-those-torn-by-mental-illness.html?_r=0

Additionally, starting today, CBS will air Public Service Announcements for the campaign in the New York market on both WCBS and WLNY!  Full length PSAs can also be seen on www.IWillListen.org

 
Here's how you can help the #IWillListen Campaign:


1. Make a promise to listen by creating a video on your phone or webcam, composing a tweet, writing a Facebook post, or taking an Instagram photo. Share what you create on your social media channels with the hashtag #IWillListen.  Your message can be personal or can simply say "My name is _____ and #IWillListen." If you use the hashtag #IWillListen in your post, your story will automatically become part of this campaign.

 

2. "Tag your support" on www.IWillListen.org which is the web address for our Facebook page.  Once you're there, like the page and this will automatically "tag your support" and allow everyone else in your social network to know "you will listen" when they visit the page.  You will be letting them know that they can turn to you for an open ear, an open mind and an open heart if ever they need your support.

3. Activate your social network and get them to join the campaign as well.  This can be done by simply encouraging them to participate just like you did (see steps #1 and #2 above), or you can take it to the next level by getting your class, team, campus, religious group, or coworkers to participate as a group.

4. Let your friends, family and colleagues know about IWillListen.org and NAMI so that if they ever need help, they will know where to start.

Collectively, we can make a difference in millions of lives, including the ones that are closest to us, with the three simple words: "I Will Listen."  

1 in 4 of us are affected by mental illness in some way. Let’s make mental health a priority. My name is ______  and #IWILLLISTEN