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How to be a Mental Researcher

As a researcher, we are at the forefront of this paradigm shift we're seeing in mental health and wellbeing.

We dedicate our lives - time, money, blood, sweat and tears to dotting those i's and crossing those t's so we can get those grants and show the world the scientific truth about what really improves people's wellbeing!

With SO MUCH MORE to prove, understand and learn in this complex realm of healthcare - we want to help researchers like you spread the word about what you do.

As Mental Researchers, we stand up for our wellbeing and other people’s through scientific proof. We are the compass directing How Mental ;), the biggest movement of people and organisations around the world on a mission to make wellbeing the global priority. #TheMentalMovement ✊🌍❤️🧠

Ready to be a Mental Researcher?! *Virtual Hug* Here are 7 ways to do it! 😍

1. Take care of yourself 🥰

You cannot create your best work or be the best version of yourself unless you’re taking care of you! If you’re not sure how to do that or need a helping hand, don’t worry boo - we got you. Check out my article for Madvocates here for an overview of all the different ways we can help you stand up for mental health, starting with your own!

2. Share what you do with us! 💌

No matter who you are, or what you do - if you care about people’s mental health and want to help them through your research, get in touch with us on hello@howmental.com! Share why you care along with a brief description of your work in general/what you’re up to now. Let’s see if we can spread the word about you do.

I know that getting more visibility to your research can help you get more funding in the future so LET’S GET MORE MONEY INTO MENTAL HEALTH! 👌

We can even come up with a creative way to collaborate whether that’s making some Merch together, running a joint workshop or making something entirely new from scratch! We are here for it allll!

3. Got a website? Link people to support! 💪

People browing the interwebz are always going through something. We’ve created a cute lil How Mental badge that you can put on your website to direct people to support just in case they need it! A simple way to show you get it, and that you care. 

Our aim is to have these EVERYWHERE so that no matter where you are, you’re never too far from a helping hand. So, download them from this pack and make sure when someone clicks it, it links through to www.howmental.com!

4. Madvocate in your bio! 📣

Let everyone know you believe wellbeing is the priority, no matter when they land on your profile! Tell the world you’re a #Madvocate and tag @howmental so they know where to go for support. Easy ;)

5. Story highlight that 'ish 😎

Story highlights not only help you let everyone know you’re a Madvocate 24/7/365 (and 366 days on leap years ;) ) but also give you the space to go into detail on WHY you care about mental health.

I’ve always found that being vulnerable enough to share my mental journey, including my experiences of depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies, helps the people around me to open up more than ever before. To know they’re not alone and there’s nothing to be ashamed of... So, to help you do that, we’ve created a lil Story Highlights PACK you can download. It’s even got an example from me and some add-ons so you can go as wide or as deep as you like!

6. Email signatures…yes, really! 😝

We all interact with people via email every single day. Well, not all of us, but most of us! So, instead of just saying “I hope you’re well”, show people you MEAN it by adding a lil link to How Mental so they know where to go if they ever need support. Here are a couple of examples of ways to do it.

7. Connect us with potential collaborators 🥳

Whether it’s just a tag on socials or, ideally, an email introducing us to the right person to make action HAPPEN - connecting the dots is super important to supporting more people and creating a mentally healthy society. So, we’d be beyond happy to meet anyone you think we could do a mental collab with!

That includes your school, uni, workplace, a creator, an influencer, your local cafe or any organisation you think genuinely cares (or should care!) about mental health and wellbeing. 👌

We’ve even got a short presentation we can send you about HM to help you explain it to non-madvocates (normalcates? We’ll work on that one…)

Remember, if you want to know how to Madvocate more generally, click *here* for all the ways to stand up for your wellbeing and support others.

With heart, always <3

George, Founder of How Mental

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George Taktak