10 Mental Health Instagram Accounts to Follow in 2020

 

Mental health” is a tricky phrase. It often carries implications of weakness, or being ‘less than,’ and trails behind it decades of undeserved stigma.

In actuality, mental health is something that exists within all of us. Sometimes life – and thus our everyday thoughts and emotions – is smooth sailing, and sometimes it’s not so wonderful.

From depression and anxiety to PTSD and bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, and more, there are many common clinical mental health conditions. Individuals who deal with these illnesses go through life every day shouldering a very heavy burden.

While conditions related to mental health can sometimes manifest as outward symptoms, these struggles are, more often than not, invisible. This means that someone may be in deep anguish but appears perfectly ‘normal’ on the outside.

The saying is true: you never know what burden someone else is carrying or what they are going through. For this reason, we encourage you to exhibit compassion towards your fellow humans, as you would hope they would do for you.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health Disorders (NIMH),1 a subset of the National Institute of Health (NIH), nearly one in five adults in the U.S. lives with a mental illness – that number accounted for almost 47 million people in 2017. Many individuals who have a mental illness even deal with more than one mental health condition at any given time.2

Beyond commonly diagnosed mental illnesses, mental health is simply a term that encompasses your personal emotions and state of mind. Any human being who lives and breathes feels stress, emotional strain, and other negative feelings at some point.

Things you do to reduce stress and anxiety like taking a break from a big project at work, walking your dog along the river in the woods, or even deleting an ex from social media are all things you do to care for your own mental health. Just as you take care of your physical health by eating a healthy diet and exercising to help your body, you must take care of your mental health, too.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month! This month, American Medical ID encourages you to broaden your horizons and embrace thinking of mental health in a new light.

Sometimes the best way to address mental health and receive helpful, positive guidance is to engage with other people who can provide encouraging advice and inspiration. It’s 2020, so that means out with the community corkboard and in with Instagram, of course!

We’ve rounded up the top Instagram users who influence their massive follower bases with amazing advice, inspiration, and encouragement to support mental health.

 

Check out these 10 accounts of top Instagram mental health influencers to find some inspiration of your own!

 

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Souls, If you’re feeling more anxious than usual please know that this is a normal reaction to the state of worldwide crisis we're in. You may feel like pulling the covers over your head indefinitely but I’m going to encourage you to prioritize your mental health and wellbeing right now because this experience is an OPPORTUNITY to learn. Anxiety is a common reaction to the unknown. It’s characterized by feelings of unease and worry about the future and can present in various ways such as: • nervousness, restlessness, or being tense • feelings of danger, panic, or dread • rapid heart rate or breathing • difficulty concentrating on focusing on anything other than your worry • digestive issues • a strong desire to avoid the things that trigger your anxiety • obsessions about certain ideas and/or performing certain behaviors over and over again If you have a history of anxiety or are experiencing any of these symptoms I recommend psychotherapy. Yes everyone experiences anxiety from time to time but if yours has escalated to a point where your daily functioning is impaired or you're not experiencing the quality of life you desire it's time to get help. You’re not a victim to your anxiety. As a person with an anxiety disorder (and depression, and alcoholism) I can tell you from personal experience that learning how to live with these symptoms healthfully and happily is MY SUPERPOWER. ? Now that you can participate in therapy virtually from home in your PJs  there's no excuse. And the Unknown ain't going anywhere so why not learn how to navigate this human experience now? If you want to work with me shoot me an email at bianca@youarecomplete.com or check out a virtual therapy app like BetterHelp. We're in this together. All of it. So don’t go it alone my friend, asking for help is the first step in healing. Holding your hand ?, B P.S. If you have a friend that’s laying in a vat of hand sanitizer please share this post. They need support!

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1. Bianca Rodriguez – @youarecomplete

Bianca Rodriguez knows the struggle that comes with mental health issues – and, like many others on this list, she uses her experiences to help others. Currently on the journey of sobriety, Bianca has ongoing issues with anxiety, depression and alcoholism. She started the #StillWorthy campaign in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, where followers around the world share anonymous submissions about their personal struggles. Bianca encourages people to connect and grow together, with the campaign aiming to “debunk the myth of productivity and perfection together and reclaim our worth.”

 

2. Nedra Glover Tawwab  – @nedratawwab

A certified therapist and boundaries expert, Nedra Glover Tawwab uses her platform to share advice on how to embrace healthier mental habits and relationships. Her grid is full of motivational lists such as “What Being Brave Looks Like” and “How to Recover After Ending a Toxic Relationship” to offer helpful advice to her 400k followers. Follow Tawwab for consistent encouragement and guidance to foster strong, healthy relationships – with others and yourself.

 

3. Dr. Mariel Buque – @dr.marielbuque 

Some people find therapy in an office, some find it in nature. Then there’s Dr. Mariel Buque, who believes that Instagram is the perfect platform to reach those struggling with mental health, as it helps destigmatize the notion of therapy. Dr. Buque shares validating, thought-provoking advice and questions to help work through past pain, with a focus on soothing your soul. (You might even catch a glimpse of her adorable dog in her Instagram videos!)

 

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Stress and trauma exist on a continuum. Too much stress for too long takes a huge toll emotionally, physiologically, psychologically, neurologically, and compromises immune health. This is complex trauma.⁣ ⁣ It is also a spectrum because the lines are blurry and the variables multifarious. What is distressing or one person might be wounding for another. What is wounding for one person might be traumatic for another. It is not what happened; it is what happened within you. Highly sensitive people will feel things more deeply, so what happens within them might be very intense and an event is wounding or even traumatic.⁣ ⁣ Another important variable is support. If a child is being bullied in school but has a very supportive home life, it may be more possible to integrate the bullying and it doesn’t exceed the capacity to cope. Conversely, a child who is neglected at home and bullied at school may not be able to cope and become traumatised.⁣ ⁣ The build up of events can be incredibly difficult because there is no respite to pause, process, and integrate. It’s also important to remember that in the context of childhood trauma, it does not take much to traumatise an infant. Someone who has been through multiple big t traumas might not be able to manage daily life at all. Conversely, someone who has been through multiple big T traumas and through trauma work has found post-traumatic growth might not be wounded or traumatised by what is wounding and traumatising for others. It is highly complex.⁣ ⁣ It is also important to remember that while we all have pain, this is the burden of being, we are not all traumatised. As I stated in my previous post on the subject, there is delineation between wounding and trauma and yes of course the line is blurry – it is not the event, it is the impact. #inthetrencheswithyou

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4. Seerut K. Chawla (MBACP) – @seerutkchawla

Seerut K. Chawla is the type of mental health influencer who truly makes you feel like you are not alone. As an integrative psychotherapist, she specializes in trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Chawla brings mental health support to the screens of over 80 thousand followers with captions that delve deeper into working through trauma and improving your mental health.

 

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Top 5 most basic #BoringSelfCare – the simplest tasks which often aren’t simple at all. Sometimes struggling with motivation to do them, other times they might be painful or need a carer. Some people might not be able to afford hot water or toothpaste. Some might have sensory issues. This is why I talk about self care; it’s different for everyone and when self care is talked about in a way which is bubble bath, candles and crystals; it erases disabled (inc mental health) people’s /neurodivergent experiences and also those with no money. Self care is just an everyday activity, to be done to meet our basic needs. The word “self care” should dictate how you do it and whether you need help or not. ⠀ ⠀ [image description: Image 1: a hand drawn illustration. A pink heart shaped plate has “cooked and ate a nourishing meal” written on it. There is a knife, fork and spoon. The background is green. The border is heart shaped and purple. Underneath it says “boring self care” ⠀ Image 2: a man is having a shower. He has his eyes closed, short dark hair and is a person of colour with mid-tone skin. He has scars on his chest which suggests he is a trans man or possibly non-binary and his facial expression could suggest he is experiencing gender dysphoria. Above him it says “had a shower”. There is a circular pink border. Below it says “BORING SELF CARE” ⠀ Image 3: a hand drawn illustration of a pack of yellow and turquoise pills. Above it says “took my medication as prescribed”. The background is pale striped pink. The illustration has a dark pink circular border. Around the border it says “boring self care”. ⠀ Image 4: drawing of a bin/trash can with “emptied the bin” written above. Behind is yellow. The border is a pink heart shape. Below it says boring self care. ⠀ Image 5: hand drawn illustration showing the bottom half of a face brushing their teeth. The person has white skin with acne on their cheeks, they have red lips and is brushing left handed. The brush is magenta pink and you can see dripping foaming toothpaste. The border is light blue and within that it says “brushed my teeth”. Above it says “boring self care”]

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5. Hannah Daisy – Make Daisy Chains 

Influencer Hannah Daisy is an artist who creates bright, quirky art to advocate for positive mental health. She shares messages regarding addiction, eating disorders and more, with a focus on the LGBTQIA+ community as founder of the Far and Pride organization. This popular influencer even shares simple ideas to take of yourself using the hashtag #BoringSelfCare!

 

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Make your mental health a priority and talk about what is worrying you.⁠ ⁠ It's perfectly normal to feel worried, scared or anxious during the current situation. If you're concerned that sharing your fears with others will have a negative effect on them, don't be. You might be surprised by how many people feel the same way, so opening up could actually benefit them too. However, if you can't speak to someone in your household or a friend/relative, try reaching out to a helpline or a professional psychologist who will talk to you about how you can cope with your anxiety.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #coronavirus #negativethinking #negativeemotions #bekind #youarenotalone #stressmanagement #coronavirusanxiety #coronavirusstress #wellnesstip #selfcare ⁠#psychologist #healthpsychology #healthpsychologist #harleystreet #healthandwellness #psychologistsofinstagram #selfcaretips #selfcareroutine #psychology #psychologytoday ⁠#mentalhealth⁠

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6. Joanna Konstantopoulou – @healthpsychologyclinic

Health Psychologist Joanna Konstantopoulou is a stress management expert who shares amazing tips to work on small behavior changes that influence better mental health. From guidance on how to avoid family conflicts on holidays to timely advice on dealing with remote work and self-care during the current pandemic, she covers a wide variety of topics encouraging positive physical and mental health.

 

7. @anxietysugar

Semi-anonymous blogger and Instagrammer @anxietysugar is a self-described mental illness activist who has struggled with borderline personality disorder (BPD), depression and anxiety. Her soothing grid combines a mix of aesthetic photos and quotes about mental health to create a safe space that offers a platform for her followers to engage with thoughtful questions and shared experiences regarding mental and emotional health.

 

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An oldie but a goodie? . Monday mantra for anyone in recovery from an eating disorder or diet culture (a little play on the quote by Susan Jeffers “feel the fear and do it anyway”) . Feel that anxiety. Feel that fear. Feel that irritation. Feel that longing to crawl back into your ED….and freakin’ eat. it. anyway. . I know it’s so much easier said than done. AND I know that pushing through the discomfort of how difficult this is will be worth it. You can! Take the step to try one of the fear foods that you are holding out on, and just like that-you take a step towards the life in color that you are so deserving of?? . My Instagram is for educational purposes and should not be considered therapy or medical care

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8. Dr. Colleen Reichmann – @drcolleenreichmann

Dr. Colleen Reichmann is a clinical psychologist and “body-affirming provider” who specializes in eating disorder recovery and body liberation. Dr. Reichmann has personally recovered from an eating disorder and encourages individuals of all shapes and sizes to practice self-love and resilience. She urges her followers and patients to embrace their unique identity through advice on how to build healthier relationships with their bodies and minds.

 

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The garden of self-love ?It was a pleasure to do this illustration. Thank you so much, Wendy ?????#Repost @theacneeffect with @make_repost ・・・ Repeat after me: I am gentle, and I am powerful. I am evolving, and I am whole. I have my struggles, and I am enough. I have my fears, and I am strong. I am imperfect, and I am beautiful. I am vulnerable, and I am resilient. I accept my difficult and messy emotions so that I may cultivate the life I want to live. I do not deny what I am feeling, but investigate the reality of the situation and my inner world with self-compassion. My mind is my garden and a place I call home. How I tend to my garden is in my control. Whatever happens, I am going to get through it. I am gentle, and I am powerful. I am evolving, and I am whole. I have my struggles, and I am enough. I have my fears, and I am strong. I am imperfect, and I am beautiful. I am vulnerable, and I am resilient. _________________________________________ #theacneeffect #acne #acnescars #skinjourney #acnedoesnotdefineyou #mentalhealth #awareness #representationmatters #mentalhealthmatters #emotionalagility #mystory #health #life #youarebeautiful #power #empower #saysomething #acnecommunity #change #hope #inspire #spreadtheword #acceptance #freethepimple #texturedskin #imperfections #illustration #garden

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9. Marcela Sabiá  – @marcelailustra

Brazilian illustrator and mental health enthusiast Marcela Sabiá channels her struggles with mental health and body issues into her unique art. Affirmations for self-love and advice for tackling body image challenges are prominent on her colorful feed full of inspiring artwork that seeks to celebrate the human body for its many unique features. If you’re lucky, you might even receive a personal portrait as a Follower of the Month!

 

10. Mark Henick – @markhenick

Mark Henick is a mental health strategist and advocate who has channeled his personal and professional experiences with the mental health system to help fight the societal stigma against mental illness and help others care for their mental health. Best known for his TEDx talk “Why We Choose Suicide,” Henick shares his latest work in the mental health arena through his Instagram posts.

 

In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month, we encourage you to be compassionate towards others and treat your mind with the same respect that you treat your body.

For those who deal with a clinically diagnosed mental health condition, connecting with a therapist can be a great way to talk through your struggles with a certified professional.

It can also be helpful to wear a medical ID bracelet. This will help inform first responders and trusted family or friends about your illness to determine how to best treat and support you in the case of an emergency situation. Choose your own custom jewelry to fit your unique sense of style while sharing important mental health information with those who care for you most.

 

What are some things you do to support mental health for yourself and others? Let us know in the comments!

 

Sources:

  1. Mental illness, National Institute of Mental Health
  2. Mental health disorder statistics, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Catherine DeMuro is a writer and marketing professional living in Denver, where she covers health and wellness, business, and the cannabis community.

1 comments On 10 Mental Health Instagram Accounts to Follow in 2020

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    Mary Dauberman

    I move my body every day; hiking, walking, running, Yoga. However I can. This keeps me healthy in mind and body.

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