May is Mental Health Month, and I’m ready to celebrate.
Why is it a celebration?
Put simply, it’s a chance to educate, inspire, ignite hope…among many other possibilities.
Mental Health America has led the observance for 65 years (yes, since 1949!), inciting public awareness through the use of the media, screenings, and local events.
Now, through social media, the reach of the event spans the globe, joining everyone who has been touched by mental disorders.
It truly is a worldwide experience, but are many ways to commemorate such an important month.
I’ll help you with some ideas.
First, here are some current and upcoming Mental Health Month events:
- National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Hashtag Showcase site
- Mental Health Month Calendar by Mental Health America (PDF)
- Child Mind Institute Webcasts and Events
- National Council for Behavioral Health Conference featuring Hilary Rodham Clinton
- NAMI Walks
Check out your local events, too. Many communities hold walks, vigils, educational seminars, movie screenings, and a variety of other activities.
What else can I do to celebrate Mental Health Month?
- Use #mhmonth2014 on your social media posts.
- Follow @mentalhealtham on Twitter.
- Participate in this year’s theme, “Mind Your Health”.
- Make a donation to the mental health nonprofit or charity of your choice.
- Join a mental health blog event.
- Participate in a mental health screening event.
- Learn about a new mental health organization or how you can support efforts to increase support and awareness in your local community.
- Inform your local and state politicians about the importance of mental health initiatives.
Throughout the month, I will talk about this special four week long event and the theme this year which connects body and mind. I look forward to commemorating the month of May with all of you.
Tell Kat in the comments…What will you do to celebrate Mental Health Month in May 2014? I’d love to hear your plans and ideas!