5 Ways to Get Involved in May is Mental Health Matters Month

May is Mental Health Matters Month, and all across California people are planning events and starting conversations in their communities to stop the stigma that surrounds mental illness and let others know that they are one of #millionslikeme that care about mental health. Here are five ways you can get involved.

1. Attend a local event near you. Whether it’s joining an awareness raising walk in the Central Valley, a student-led conference in Southern California, listening to inspiring stories of recovery in the Sierras, checking out art and spoken word in the capitol, or catching a film festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, there’s something for everyone.

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2. Join Each Mind Matters at one of the statewide events happening in May:

Directing Change

?????????????????????????Come and view inspirational short films produced by youth across California. These young filmmakers created films to change the conversation about suicide prevention and mental health at their schools and in their communities. Winners will be announced and recognized at the award ceremony on Friday, May 20 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. RSVP today to reserve your spot.

Mental Health Matters Day 2016: Awareness, Action, Change.

Mark your calendars for May 24 as hundreds of people will gather in Sacramento on the West Steps of the Capitol building for Mental Health Matters Day 2016. Join Scott Budnick, founder and president of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and executive producer of “The Hangover” movie series and Yashi Brown, a poet/spoken word artist and mental health advocate who has lived with bipolar disorder and author of “Black Daisy in a White Limousine: 77 Poems.” Our event emcee will be Paul Gilmartin, former TV host of TBS’ “Dinner and a Movie,” stand-up comedian (Comedy Central Presents) and host of the Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast. Visit www.mentalhealthmattersday.org for more information.

3. Start something in your community:

Get your club, faith community, or workplace involved by downloading our free toolkit. In it you’ll find all you need to set up an eye-catching lime green ribbon wall or a fun selfie booth, posters for your break room or bulletin board, and ideas to get your group involved in awareness-raising activities.

4. Talk to your friends and family:

Openness is stigma’s weak spot. Join the movement by starting a conversation with your family and friends. Share the facts with this downloadable flyer, post a lime green twibbon on your social media profile pic, or get some lime-green ribbonsLime Green Ribbon to pass out all month long.

5. Get Social: Follow Each Mind Matters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and like, comment on or share our content. Reposting information, linking to our videos of hope and recovery, or taking a pledge against stigma, continuing the conversation on your social media pages are all great ways to show your support and raise awareness.