It’s May! Let’s go lime green!

We’ve officially kicked off Mental Health Matters Month and you’ve probably seen a lot of lime green, the national color of mental health awareness. May is a month dedicated to help raise awareness about mental health issues, promote good mental health practices, and encourage people to support others around them.

This year, Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement developed a toolkit with the theme “Deeper Connections: From Small Talk to Real Talk” to help start conversations and focus on strengthening social support networks, which research suggests can contribute to a healthier, happier life.

Wearing a lime green ribbon is a great way to start a dialogue with friends, family, classmates, and co-workers about mental health. Not sure how to start a conversation? Here’s one way:

 I wear my lime green ribbon because I support mental health awareness and I believe Each Mind Matters.

 

Or use your social media channel to share this animated video and pass on a virtual lime green ribbon.

There’s already been such great momentum throughout the state. Here’s how California spent last week painting the state lime green:

 

A Home Run for Mental Health

Last week the San Francisco Giants professional baseball team hosted an Each Mind Matters day at AT&T Park. In addition to distributing outreach materials, mental health advocates raised awareness by wearing limited edition lime green t-shirts and created customized signs. To further engage with attendees and promote May, a new 30-second video debuted on the Jumbotron. You can watch it too by clicking here!

  

Legislative Leaders Speak Up

The California Senate approved a resolution by Senator Jim Beall recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month. In addition to the bipartisan support, senators donned lime green apparel in support of mental health. Thank you to all the senators that raised their voices to speak up about mental health. To watch the full session click here (resolution begins at minute 41).

Photo credit: The Steinberg Institute

  

 

County of San Luis Obispo started their Each Mind Matters ribbon wall activity. Their staff joined in the conversation about mental health. What would you write on your lime green ribbon? Check out how you can make your own ribbon wall and promote it too.

 

Anaheim Elementary School District in Orange County got their students involved with a week’s worth of activities. Thanks to all the staff for raising mental health awareness!

   

Sacramento County’s Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove showed off their lime green pride with a photo wall as well as an information booth during lunch. Way to go Mustangs!

  

Do you need some ideas on how you can raise awareness during the month of May and all year long? Check out this activity guide.

And don’t forget social media! Add a lime green Twibbon to your profile for Mental Health Matters Month; it’s a great way to start a conversation. Remember to tag @EachMindMatters and use the hashtag #EachMindMatters in your posts so we can share your photos with our followers!

Check back next week for more Mental Health Matters Month action!