Join the Movement and Stay Involved All Year

Here’s how you can help spread mental health awareness in 2020


Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement, works to unite thousands of people and organizations throughout the state to raise awareness about mental health issues and put an end to stigma. Exciting things are ahead this year, and all of us can get involved in spreading mental health awareness. Take a look at what’s coming up:  

February – March

Directing Change Program and Film Contest – Students and youth aged 14-25 can enter to unleash their creativity while educating audiences about mental health and suicide prevention. Entries will be accepted through March 2nd. Winners are announced at the end of May. For more information, visit DirectingChangeCA.org.

April

California Community College Month – Working in higher education comes with its unique stressors and challenges. Faculty and staff working in institutions of higher education need resources and support to maintain their wellness, while also attending to their students. Check out the EMM Resource Center for specialized resources.

May

Mental Health Matters Month, observed each May, is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and breaking down the stigma. This year, the theme “Express Yourself” relates to how expressing ourselves in different ways can raise awareness about mental health, break down barriers between people, build our own wellness and strengthen our communities. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to find out how you can get involved.

June

PRIDE Month is celebrated each June to promote acceptance, self-affirmation, and equality for the LGBTQ+ community. Identifying as LGBTQ+ does not necessarily increase risk for mental health issues, but the stigma and discrimination individuals may face can increase the risk for mental health challenges. Visit our EMM Resource Center to learn more and find out how you can provide support.

July

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – People from ethnic and cultural communities are less likely to receive necessary mental health services and may face increased stigma. July is recognized as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to advocate for and raise awareness about mental health for diverse communities. Find resources about culture-specific mental health challenges including fact sheets, videos, and support guides in different languages here.

August

Back to School time can be challenging for both students and parents. While there is excitement, it can also be stressful. Use the resources from our Back to School collection to ease the transition and ensure a smooth adjustment for you or someone in your life.

September

National Suicide Prevention Week 2020 will take place from September 6-12. During this time period an increased emphasis is placed on promoting awareness about suicide prevention by sharing stories and focusing on directing support to those in need. Throughout the year, Each Mind Matters encourages Californians to help prevent suicide by learning the warning signs. If you think a loved one may be thinking about suicide, step in or speak up. If you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text EMM to 741741 for 24/7, confidential, free crisis counseling.

October

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is observed from October 4-10. Each Mind Matters and organizations across the country join together to promote public education about mental illnesses, create community discussions, advocate for treatment and recovery, and work to reduce stigma. Check EachMindMatters.org this October to see how you can get involved.

November

Native American Heritage Month is celebrated each November to recognize the vital contributions made by the first Americans to the establishment and growth of the United States. Historical trauma continues to affect the health and wellness of Native peoples. Visit the Native American Heritage Month collection at the EMM Resource Center.

December

The holiday season can cause stress, anxiety and depression for many people regardless of whether you celebrate the season with cultural or family traditions. At Each Mind Matters, we want to remind everyone to practice self-care through the holiday season. Visit our blog to read our Holiday Support Guide and check back in December for more resources.

We all can help to reduce mental health stigma and create more supportive communities by starting conversations and being open about mental health. There are many ways to join the movement. To learn more and stay up to date, subscribe to the Each Mind Matters newsletter,and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.