Each May, MHA-M promotes Mental Health Month along with other local and national organizations such as the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) to raise awareness about mental health and to reduce stigma. This year Mental Health Month’s theme is “Tools 2 Thrive” provides practical tools that individuals can use daily to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and better cope with the challenges of COVID-19.
“I am excited to celebrate Mental Health Month. We all face challenges that can impact our mental health. This month is a perfect time to learn how to improve your mental health and increase your resiliency,” said Alabama Commissioner of Mental Health, Kimberly Boswell.
It is critical to have tools to support ourselves and others, when faced with challenges. We encourage individuals to explore the Mental Health America toolkit which provides important tips and information called Tools2Thrive: Adapting After Trauma and Stress, Processing Big Changes, Getting Out of Thinking Traps, Radical Acceptance, Taking Time for Yourself, and Dealing with Anger and Frustration.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, focus on improving our mental health like we focus on our physical health. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing. One way to check in with yourself is to take a screening at www.mhascreening.org. It is a quick, free, and private way for someone to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental problems. With effective treatment, all individuals with mental illness, even serious mental illness, can make progress toward recovery and lead full productive lives.
We invite mental health providers and partners, and business, civic and faith-based communities to join in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care and talk about, share the toolkit and conduct awareness activities in their local communities.
For more information on Mental Health Awareness Month, please contact the Office of Public Information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-242-3417.
The toolkit includes sample materials for communications and social media as well as printable handouts on the following topics:
Launched in 1949 by Mental Health America (MHA), May is Mental Health Month is the most highly recognized mental health awareness event in the nation. Each year, tens of thousands of organizations choose to use our official May is Mental Health Month materials. The materials reach millions of people with messages of health, wellness, prevention, and recovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help.
In 2021, we will continue with our theme of Tools 2 Thrive, providing practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency regardless of their personal situation. If you haven’t downloaded our 2021 toolkit, you can still access the toolkit as well as share web versions of the fact sheets.
MHA’s public education efforts are possible because of passionate mental health advocates like you, and we are so grateful for your support. Through research, advocacy, and outreach, we have educated, informed, and reached millions of individuals in our 111-year history.
Throughout the pandemic, many people who had never experienced mental health challenges found themselves struggling for the first time. During the month of May, we are focusing on different topics that can help process the events of the past year and the feelings that surround them, while also building up skills and supports that extend beyond COVID-19.
We know that the past year forced many to accept tough situations that they had little to no control over. If you found that it impacted your mental health, you aren’t alone. In fact, of the almost half a million individuals that took the anxiety screening at MHAscreening.org, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. However, there are practical tools that can help improve your mental health. We are focused on managing anger and frustration, recognizing when trauma may be affecting your mental health, challenging negative thinking patterns, and making time to take care of yourself.
It’s important to remember that working on your mental health and finding tools that help you thrive takes time. Change won’t happen overnight. Instead, by focusing on small changes, you can move through the stressors of the past year and develop long-term strategies to support yourself on an ongoing basis.
A great starting point for anyone who is ready to start prioritizing their mental health is to take a mental health screening at MHAscreening.org. It’s a quick, free, and confidential way for someone to assess their mental health and begin finding hope and healing.
MHA is offering more virtual opportunities for advocates to learn about the issues they care about and speak to officials in support of change. Each week in May is a different issue theme:
Awareness and education are critical parts of mental health advocacy - but one of the most important parts of advocacy is, well, the advocacy parts! There are a lot of actions that you can take to advance policies to increase access to mental health and substance use care during the month of May and we’ll help you walk through them.
Pledge to take action for Mental Health Month and help us move crucial legislation forward while the spotlight is on us.
Once you sign up, you’ll receive an action to take every Monday in May along with other action items and events we'll be hosting throughout the month.
May is Mental Health Month, and it’s time to sweat it out for better mental health! During the entire month of May, join our campaign and run, walk, or roll with us to help us inspire conversations about mental health and fundraise for IDONTMIND and Mental Health America. Boost your mental health with every step you take and help us say IDONTMIND in a big way.
May 1 - May 31, 2021
Register to run a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon anytime during Mental Health Month.
It’s completely virtual
That means wherever you are, you can run with us.
All abilities encouraged
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or looking for new ways to work movement into your life, all abilities are welcome and encouraged. Run, walk, or roll with us – whatever works for you.
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Registration is free, fundraising is encouraged! We’re raising $25,000 for mental health resources from IDONTMIND and Mental Health America. Make a donation or start your own fundraiser today
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