Get Involved – Mental Health Awareness Week
October 4 – 10 is Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual event when people across the nation will come together to spread awareness about the importance of mental health and to speak out against the stigma around mental illness. Here are ways you can get involved:
Share the Facts: Mental health challenges are very common. In fact, 50 percent of us will experience a mental health challenge in our lifetime, and with support and treatment 70-90 percent of individuals report reduced symptoms and improved quality of life. Download the Each Mind Matters flyer and share with friends, family and colleagues.
Send Silence Packing California Tour: Active Minds, a national non-profit working to engage the student voice to change the conversation about mental health, has partnered with Each Mind Matters to bring their public education exhibit – Send Silence Packing – to California from Oct. 5 to Nov. 14. The exhibit of 1,100 backpacks, representing the number of students who die by suicide every year, gives a “face” to the lives lost including personal stories and testimonies from families and friends. For a complete list of the Fall 2015 tour dates and locations click here.
Text Talk Act: On October 6, Each Mind Matters is hosting Text Talk Act, a text enabled system to facilitate a face-to-face conversation on mental health. Participants gather in small groups (3-4 people) with one cell phone per group and receive a series of text messages that guides their group through a conversation on mental health. Your school/organization could even win a cash prize! Learn more here.
Download our Toolkit: The Each Mind Matters toolkit is filled with ideas and activities to get you going. From an easy-to-do ribbon wall activity or a social media guide filled with content to use on your social channels, this toolkit will give you Mental Health Awareness Week resources at your fingertips.
Light Up Los Angeles City Hall: We have the unique opportunity to light up Los Angeles City Hall lime green. From Friday, Oct. 2 – Sunday, Oct. 11 downtown Los Angeles will be illuminated with the national color of mental health awareness. You can be a part of this unprecedented moment by donating a minimum of $5. With each donation you’ll receive a free Each Mind Matters sticker, car magnet or Chico Bag in gratitude as well as recognition in a future blog post. To donate click here.
Stay Connected on Social: Follow Each Mind Matters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and like, comment on or share our content. Whether it’s reposting information, linking to our videos of hope and recovery, or taking a pledge against stigma, continuing the conversation on your social media pages is a great way to show your support and raise awareness. Below are links to mental health blog posts you can also refer to:
- Research Shows Power of Prevention for California’s Mental Health
- What Can I Do To Prevent Suicide?
- Every Mother’s Mind Matters: Supporting Women in the Fourth Trimester
- Mental Health in Primary Care
- What’s Happening in Student Mental Health
Participate in Local Events: California counties will host events and offer information, resources and ways for everyone to join the mental health movement. Contact your local county mental health department for a list of local activities or visit the Each Mind Matters events page.
Grab Lime Green Gear! The vibrant lime green color has emerged as the national color of mental health awareness and the Each Mind Matters store has fun and practical items you can use to show your support. From t-shirts, to pens, coffee mugs and key chains, you’ll be set to raise awareness every day of the week. For a limited time, the store has bundled the most popular items at a discounted rate. Check out the special offer available through Oct. 10.