Mental Health Month

 
Mental Health Matters!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Every year millions of Americans face living with a mental illness. In fact, half of us will experience a mental health challenge over the course of our lives. But with treatment and support, a full and satisfying life in recovery is possible. In response to the current pandemic, perhaps now, more than ever, we need one another. Join us in expressing your support this May, and all year long, by bringing awareness to the importance of mental health.

Link Up and find support here, or call the CARES Line at (800) 499-3008 to be connected to mental health services. 

Watch this video to find answers to mental health questions.

Express your well-being, support and encouragement!

People from Riverside County and across California are finding unique ways to continue to remain connected with one another and spread awareness of mental health. Learn how you can express yourself and your support!

Read Up:

Express well-being.

A variety of factors contribute to our feelings of wellness, including our physical, mental and emotional health. One of the best ways you can support your wellbeing is by reading up and educating yourself on mental health in general. By having an understanding of mental illness symptoms and available resources you are educating not only yourself but opening up the opportunity to educate others. 

Open Up:

Express support.
By opening ourselves up to our own mental health challenges, as well as those of others, we can play a significant role in raising awareness and reducing stigma. One of the ways in which we can open up is through the use of creative expression. The positive effects of creative expression on our mental health and wellbeing have been widely documented. Even activities as simple as doodling have been shown to activate the reward pathways in our brain, elevating mood and making us feel better. Tap into your creativity to express your support by printing out and coloring in one of the Each Mind Matters Coloring pages (Available in English and Spanish).

Speak Up:

Express encouragement.
Community members who reach out for support and treatment, can recover from a mental health challenge and get better, but the unfortunate truth is that stigma and discrimination often times get in the way of people reaching out for support.  One in five adults experiences a mental illness in any given year. However, it takes an average of 6 to 8 years from onset of symptoms of a mental health challenge before people reach out for help. You can do your part to reduce stigma about mental illness by speaking up, talking openly and showing compassion for those with mental illness. Express your support adding the mental health month cover images to your social media profiles, as well as displaying these cute lime green ribbon stickers with your Instagram stories. 

Get Up and Participate:

Show your support and learn how you can learn the warning signs and help prevent suicide.

People from Riverside County and across California are finding unique ways to continue to remain connected with one another and spread awareness of mental health. Show your support and learn how you can get involved!

 

Activities and Materials

  • This year’s Mental Health Matters Month theme is #HopeForChange. The activities and messages ground us in the moment, allow us to reflect on the growth we have experienced, and empower us to face change in the future with hope as our guiding principle. The past year has brought unanticipated changes for us as individuals, families, and communities—leaving us to face these challenges and transform. Change can be uncomfortable, but growth is empowering. #HopeForChange reminds us to spread and rely on the hope that carried us through a year of change. We have provided suggestions for how to plan your May activities week-by-week, or you can choose your favorites by using the Activity Guide and Calendar below:

     

           Activity Guide (ENG):                                          Activity Calendar (ENG): 

                           

     
            Activity Guide (SPAN):                                      Activity Calendar (SPAN): 

                         

     

  • The Each Mind Matters toolkit consists of various ideas and ways to participate in self-care activities while following physical distancing guidelines. To access the toolkit, visit this page.

  • The It’s Up to Us campaign developed a free mental wellness kit to help give your mind the break it deserves. Learn more and sign up to receive your own here.

 

Mental Wellness Kit: 

 
Link Up:

Help is available.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing an emotional crisis or needs immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. You can also call the CARES Line at (800) 499-3008 if you are concerned about someone, just need to talk, have questions about how to offer support, or if you are looking for information about community resources, mental health referrals, and alcohol and drug support services.

 

It’s Up to Us to make a difference. No matter how you contribute to Mental Health Awareness Month, you can make a difference by knowing that Each Mind Matters.

 

Connect with It’s Up to Us Riverside online throughout the month of May!

 

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