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Mental Health Month
May is Mental Health Month 2018
When we talk about health, we can’t just focus on heart health, or liver health, or brain health, and not whole health. You have to see the whole person, and make use of the tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together. That's why this year, our May is Mental Health Month theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body. We’ll focus on what we as individuals can do to be fit for our own futures – no matter where we happen to be on our own personal journeys to health and wellness – and, most especially, before Stage 4.
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As part of our efforts this May, we’re asking you to take the #4Mind4Body Challenge and join Mental Health America as we challenge ourselves each day to make small changes – both physically and mentally – to create huge gains for our overall health and wellbeing. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or visit mentalhealthamerica.net/challenge for the challenge of the day and share your progress and successes by posting with #4Mind4Body.
Prepare yourself to make changes for a healthier lifestyle by using our Change is Hard worksheets.
Visit mentalhealthamerica.net/4mind4body to see what others are doing as part of the challenge!
In this year’s toolkit, you will find a range of materials, including:
- Fact sheets on how mental health is affected by diet and nutrition, sleep, stress, gut health, and exercise;
- Worksheets on making life changes;
- A promotional poster, sample social media posts with images, and web banners;
- A sample press release and a drop-In article; and a sample proclamation for public officials to recognize May as Mental Health Month and the work of local mental health advocates.
In 2017 Mental Health America offered educational materials, tools, references, and more to help people decide – is this particular behavior a risky behavior for me or for someone I love? And if it is, what can I do about it before it harms me or someone else? Some of this year’s materials may make you just a little uncomfortable, because we’ll be talking about some things that are often left unsaid.
Download the 2017 toolkit here.
How does it feel to live with a mental illness? That (#mentalillnessfeelslike) is what we focused on during Mental Health Month in 2016. B4Stage4 means, in part, talking about what mental illnesses feel like, and then acting on that information. It means giving voice to feelings and fears, and to hopes and dreams. It means empowering people as agents of their own recovery. And it means changing the trajectories of our own lives for the better, and helping those we love change theirs.
Download the 2016 toolkit here.
Discover what people say mental illness feels like.
In 2015, we chose “B4Stage4” as our Mental Health Month theme. Here’s why. Mental health concerns are no different from any other physical health concerns. They should be thought about and treated the same way – long before they reach Stage 4. We’re offering a range of materials, strategies, and resources to bring healthy, B4Stage4 thinking to life.
Download the 2015 toolkit here.
The 2014 Mental Health Month theme, Mind Your Health was designed to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and its preventative factors and benefits for mind and body and to build a broad public recognition around the role of mental health to overall health.
Download the entire toolkit in a zipped folder.
For 2013 Mental Health America’s toolkit used the theme Pathways to Wellness, which was a call to action for Americans to identify strategies that work for themselves individually to attain better overall health status. This theme can be used in conjunction with information about programs and services available through local affiliates.