Mental health awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Publication Date: May 05, 2021

Organizations across the country offer a range of activities and resources to promote Mental Health Awareness. Consider sharing resources or participating in the activities in the list below, prepared by the Action Alliance

Action Alliance

Encouraging participation in National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope & Life on May 14-16, which brings together all faith communities from across the country to pray for those touched by suicide or who are in crisis

Promoting #BeThere messaging across social media platforms

Active Minds

  • Promoting the #HereForYou campaign by encouraging individuals to take the Here for You pledge to 1) actively listen when someone is struggling; 2) model kindness, trust, and vulnerability; 3) learn about mental health resources available in the community; and 4) commit to continuing the conversation

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • Promotes #MentalHealth4All campaign, which encourages everyone to get involved by taking one simple action to encourage friends, family, and community to take mental health seriously 

The Jed Foundation

Mental Health America 

  • Promoting the #Tools2Thrive campaign, providing practical tools everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency

Mental Health Coalition

NAMI 

  • Promotes You Are Not Alone (#NotAlone) campaign on the power of connection for those affected by mental illness

National Institute of Mental Health

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline / Vibrant Behavioral Health

  • Twitter chat on Tuesday, May 18th at 1:30pm ET with Mental Health America focused on COVID-19, its effects on mental health, and ways to cope as areas begin to open up again
  • Stamp Out Stigma’s Mental Health Month Twitter Chat on Thursday, May 27th from 1-2pm ET

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Trevor Project

  • Releasing its third annual National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health in mid-May, featuring brand new data around the impacts of COVID-19, mental health care disparities, discrimination, food insecurity, conversion therapy, and more. Trevor will share a social media toolkit prior to the release. Read Trevor News

Other Activities

  • To officially launch the Mental Health Storytelling Coalition, Action Alliance EXCOM member ViacomCBS is hosting a Better Together: Mental Health Storytelling Summit on May 3-5, aimed at empowering content creators with tools to expand the positive portrayals of mental health to encourage viewers to speak up and get help. The Summit will feature leading stars and content creators—such as Trevor Noah, H.E.R., Margaret Cho, Chuck Lorre, DJ Nash, Miguel, Lisa Ling—for this first-of-its-kind virtual summit. 
     
  • ViacomCBS is bringing together 200+ leading brands, nonprofits, and cultural leaders for the first national Mental Health Action Day on Thursday, May 20th. The goal of Mental Health Action Day is to drive our culture from awareness to action by equipping folks with tangible tools that will help us all take an action for ourselves, our loved ones, and our community. If you haven’t already, there is still time for your organization to become a partner of this important initiative (click here to learn more).