Small Actions Can Make a Big Difference: International Women’s Day

In March we recognize Women’s History Month to honor the extraordinary achievements of womxn in California and across the globe. As part of this observance, we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. This year’s #EachforEqual theme focuses on “collective individualism,” a term we think rings true when it comes to making any change, whether it be dismantling mental health stigma or dispelling gender stereotypes. Collective individualism means we can all make a change and our individual actions have the capacity to unite us to make a difference.

            This month, and every month, we give our thanks to all the womxn activists and advocates whose actions have paved the way for a more equitable society contributing to the physical and emotional well-being of womxn everywhere. It’s important to recognize those who have come before us, and it is just as important to recognize those in the communities surrounding us each day.

This International Women’s Day, we encourage you to give thanks to a womxn in your life or in your community who has helped you and has made a positive impact on your emotional well-being.

Maybe it’s a family member, friend or coworker, or maybe it’s a teacher, local activist or artist. It could even be a familiar face from your local grocery store who always makes you smile. Often a small act such as recognizing those around us for how they impact our daily lives can create a collective positive movement, helping to build stronger, more supportive communities.   

Whether it’s a shout out on social media, sending a card in the mail, or maybe just a simple hug, there are many ways you can show your care and appreciation. Let’s use our voices and actions on this day to lift those who are always helping to lift us.

You can start by sharing this blog on your social media with a story about a womxn in your community who has made a difference in your life.

Want to see what else you can do to raise awareness on International Women’s Day? Check out how you can take action here! On this day and every day, let’s show our support to each other while also supporting our mental health.

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.