MACON, Ga. — During a time of unprecedented anxiety about a world pandemic, Mental Health America (MHA) is emphasizing “Tools 2 Thrive” to address the mental health needs of everyone.
MHA started May is Mental Health Month in 1949, and since then has led the observance by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and online mental health screenings. Over the past 71 years, it has become the most widely recognized mental health awareness effort in the world.
While one in five people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. In 2020, the Tools 2 Thrive campaign will provide practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with. In this uncertain and troubling time, these tools – even those that may need to be adapted for the short term because of COVID-19 and social distancing – will be more useful than ever.
As part of Mental Health Month, MHA is also conducting the #MillionInMay campaign, designed to get one million mental health screens for MHA’s Online Screening Program. www.Mhascreening.org is home to nine verified mental health screens, that offer individuals a quick, free and private way to assess their mental health and recognize signs of any problem before crisis occurs. MHA is asking people to share its #MillionInMay campaign to their friends and colleagues, to their community, and on social media – and help direct people to the screening program throughout the month of May.
Learn more about Mental Health Month and download MHA’s 2020 toolkit by going to www.mhanational.org/may.
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