October is selective mutism awareness month in America, but that didn't stop us on the cafe from getting stuck in! Lizzie designed an awareness banner with the help of her friend, and we were all free to share it to our personal pages. I gathered quotes from our members on how life with sm feels...some of the quotes involved what other people say or they they react to a child with sm, and they are very powerful. We are sharing one a day to the cafe page and reposting on our own personal pages. I am also sharing them on the American pages run by Riki Jones, Selective Mutism awareness and Raise awareness for selective mutism.
It has been said that raising awareness is a 365 day a year job and whilst I totally agree, the spirit of having an awareness month is also fun and brings people together. We have had fun organising these special 'extras' this month, but will also continue to spread awareness throughout the year!
We have lots of plans in the pipeline and the cafe is growing in strength and membership :)
Please see the SM Space Cafe if you would like to share in raising awareness this month.