From isolation to financial issues and lost loved ones, COVID-19 has created some serious stressors. These stressors have caused or worsened mental health conditions in numerous people. That’s why Thursday, May 20th, 2021 will mark the first-ever Mental Health Action Day.
What Is Mental Health Action Day?
Every day, more people learn about the importance of caring for your mental health. However, many don’t know what that actually looks like.
Mental Health Action Day is a day dedicated to taking specific actions to improve mental health for yourself, your family and friends, and society at large.
It aims to spread the message that mental health is health, meaning we should take tangible steps to care for it the same way we would for our physical health.
How To Get Involved
Created by MTV Entertainment Group, Mental Health Action Day has over 450 partners, including organizations, brands, nonprofits, government agencies, and cultural leaders.
These partners can help their communities take action toward better mental health by:
- sharing important resources and tips for improving mental health
- encouraging employees and fans to discuss their mental health experiences
- hosting panels where influential people discuss their mental health experiences
- hosting events where mental health professionals and activists discuss how to get help
However, you don’t have to be a large organization to take part in Mental Health Action Day. Anyone can participate by taking action toward improving mental health for yourself or others.
Taking Action For Better Mental Health
While you can choose any action that feels right for you, popular examples include:
- finding a therapist
- reaching out to friends and family
- checking in with yourself
- joining a peer support group
- starting a meditation practice
- scheduling a yoga class
- advocating for better mental health support at the school, local, state, or federal level
Also, on social media, you can use the hashtag #MentalHealthActionDay to share your mental health experiences, coping strategies, and important resources like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).
To learn more about how to participate, visit mentalhealthactionday.org.