Add Your Voice to Mental Health Awareness Week

Each year during the first full week of October, we observe and celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). This year, MHAW takes place from October 1-7. Let’s use this opportunity to join the millions who will come together to raise their voices about mental health advocacy and awareness. Here are some tips to get you started.

Mental Health Awareness Toolkit

Visit the Each Mind Matters Resource Center to find several mental health resources as well as tools to help you spread the word in your community. This toolkit has posters, brochures and activities that are ready to be downloaded and shared, as well as a series of videos that you can post on social media.

Pin On A Lime Green Ribbon

Lime green is the color of mental health awareness. You can show your support by wearing a lime green ribbon all week and handing some out to your friends and colleagues. Ribbons can be purchased at the Each Mind Matters Shop. When people ask you about your ribbon, telling them about Each Mind Matters is a step toward breaking down stigma. Go the extra mile by wearing something lime green or painting your nails lime green, too!

Shout It Out on Social

Do you need help with starting the conversation on social media? Each Mind Matters has a social media guide especially for Mental Health Awareness Week. Click here for prewritten posts that you can copy, paste and share. Remember to use the hashtags #EachMindMatters and #MHAW2017 so we can share your posts with our followers!

Direct Change

The Directing Change Student Film Contest is now open! Visit DirectingChangeCA.org to learn more about how you can make an impact. There are exciting new additions to the contest this year. It is now open to 7th and 8th graders, and there are two new categories: SanaMente and animation.

If you are not a student but still want to support the program, consider being a judge for the film contest. We need passionate people with expertise or interest in directing, writing, editing, acting, journalism, public service announcements, video production, suicide prevention and/or mental health to review the films created by these talented young people. Visit the Judges page to learn more.

National Day Without Stigma

After the close of Mental Health Awareness Week, join our partner Active Minds for National Day Without Stigma. This falls on the eve of World Mental Health Day and the purpose of the National Day Without Stigma is to eliminate the shame and discrimination surrounding mental health disorders by creating communities of understanding, support, and help-seeking. Head over to the Active Minds website to learn more and to download tools to participate.

 

How will you get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week? Share with us at @EachMindMatters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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