As Mental Health Awareness Month hits the halfway point today, it feels like there couldn’t be better timing to explicitly have a conversation focusing on the topic as daily life continues to be a constant series of unknowns and stressors given the pandemic, staying at home, and adjusting for those where places are starting to slowly open back up.
We wanted to specifically highlight the Mental Health America organization this week and how they are promoting Mental Health Awareness Month. Each May, they have been releasing mental health toolkits to encourage conversations and provide education about variously themed mental health topics (2018 was about the mind-body connection, and 2017 was about engaging in risky behavior, for example).
This year’s toolkit, besides the expected, yet needed COVID-19 bonus materials, focuses on improving mental health and building resiliency. The toolkit, titled “Tools 2 Thrive,” includes print handouts, web and social media materials, and ideas on how to reach out to others about the topic.
The toolkit is available to download, but you will have to sign up in order to receive the content.
Have you ever used a toolkit before? What methods have you used to improve your mental health?