MOVE It Forward 2019

Youth Voice Meme Showdown

Submit now through April 30, 2019.

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re asking youth (29 years old and under) to submit their best memes about mental health awareness.

Are you up to the challenge? Scroll down for more details.

What is MOVE It Forward?

#MOVEItForward is how we celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day each year! The national event’s theme this year is Suicide Prevention: Strategies that Work and takes place Monday, May 6, 2019. But local Children’s Mental Health Awareness events and national initiatives have traditionally been held throughout the entire month of May and driven by the voices of youth and family with lived experience (hey–that’s you!). So, we thought: how can we use humor and levity to highlight the voices of young adults nationwide?

It’s a meme challenge.

This year, Youth MOVE National is challenging its chapter members (and all youth and young adults under the age of 30) to submit memes on mental health, busting stigma, youth voice, and youth advocacy.

We’ll share our favorites on our social media during the week of May 6–10, 2019, and our top favorite will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

You can submit memes in these categories…

General Mental Health Awareness or Education

Reducing Stigma of Living with Mental Health Challenges

Youth Voice in the Mental Health System

Mental Health in the Workplace

(But you can submit a meme with any message you want, as long as it sticks to the theme of mental health awareness. These are just some ideas to spark your imagination.)

How does it work?

Choose one of the following commonly used meme reaction images below—or choose your own! And then either add your own caption in Photoshop (or whatever software you have access to) or write the caption you want in the form. Don’t worry, we’ll take it from there.

You can also use this incredibly handy meme template generator!

About Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2019

On Monday, May 6, 2019, at 3 p.m. EDT, SAMHSA will host an event at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, DC. It will also be live-streamed and include a panel of mental health awareness leaders and experts. This event will serve as a launch for activities being held across the country on National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which will be observed nationwide on Thursday, May 9. States, tribes, territories, and communities across the nation are encouraged to host events and activities around children’s mental health throughout the month of May.

This year’s Awareness Day theme is “Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work,” and SAMHSA will focus on the impact that suicide has on children, youth, young adults, families, and communities. During the event in Washington, DC, SAMHSA will showcase evidence-based strategies to connect those in need to information, services, and supports that can save lives.

Learn more at SAMHSA’s website.

Suicide-prevention Resources

6 questions you can ask a loved one to help screen for suicide risk

We like this blog post for a few reasons. The first is it puts the onus on someone else to reach out to a person at risk as opposed to the other way around. But mainly, it’s a good starting point with concrete suggestions if you don’t know how to ask someone if they’re thinking about suicide.

Crisis Text Line

If you’re in a crisis, reach out to the Crisis Text Line now. Text 741741.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Their site has information on crisis lifelines, chat lines, and resources including tip sheets and educational materials. Text START to 678678.