Spotlight: Mental Health Month

Spotlight: Mental Health Awareness Month

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so please join us in raising awareness for the importance of mental health. Many living with MS experience emotional symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and stress in addition to physical symptoms. It’s crucial to know you’re not alone!

Most of all though we want to hear from you! What advice do you have for managing your mental health? Let us know by posting in the our forums, sharing your story, or tweeting!


Do you have certain ways to cope with the mental and emotional aspects of MS? OR, do you have a question you’d like to ask? Please share it with us in our mental health forum:

Mental Health Forum


What’s your experience living with MS and the impact it has on your mental health? Share your story with the community here:

Mental Health Stories


If you’re on Twitter, follow us there to talk! We'll be using the #IntoMentalHealth:


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