It’s May! April showers have brought us May flowers, pollen, college finals, and mid-quarter 2 planning. May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, known simply as Mental Health Month (MHM).
Each year in March, Mental Health America releases a toolkit of materials that serves as a media kit, including pre-prepared content for organizations looking to support #MHM. This year’s theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body. Join us in the Rain today, to see how #MHM can be more than a hashtag for you this year.
What is Mental Health Awareness Month?
Time for some history! Don’t worry, it’s short and sweet. (Or skip down to Fitness #4Mind4Body if your attention span’s feeling short 🙂 )
Back in 1949 when Mental Health America was still known as the National Association for Mental Health, the organization founded Mental Health Awareness Month which is now observed across the United States.
While themes for #MHM can be tracked back to 2008, full toolkits from 2013 on can be downloaded here.
Partnerships with #Mental Health Month
This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is promoting the theme of “CureStigma” throughout #MHM and 2018.
The American Psychological Association is celebrating #MHM with a series of events including a Twitter chat to discuss #KidsandTrauma and a briefing in Washington, D.C. in support of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. They’ve got a plethora of other events this month worth participating in and promoting.
Fitness #4Mind4Body in 2018
We’re a little late on the uptake this year in the Rain (oops!) and it’s already Day 4 of the 10 day challenge. Today’s challenge was to try out yoga, which can improve health and even relieve symptoms of mental health disorders, such as anxiety attacks.
Here are challenges 1-4:
- Day 1: Check out the Mental Health Grocery List and share what items you already have in your kitchen with #4Mind4Body
- Day 2: Take a much-needed walk as a work break, and share how far you walked or how many steps you took
- Day 3: Conduct a random act of kindness and share your action
- Day 4: Try Mental Health America’s Yoga Tutorial and share a post-yoga selfie
You might be 4 days behind (like me…oops again) but 31 days of May lends plenty of time for 10 challenges ahead.
Your Mental Health Month
Challenges like the Fitness #4Mind4Body can help motivate and lead you toward healthy habits. Remember that progress is progress, no matter the rate. If 10 days is too slow or too fast for you, you adjust the challenge to your own needs.
Looking to totally revitalize your mental health? Implement our methods to actually improve your mental health in the New Year-no New Year required.
It’s Day 4 already, so you have plenty of wiggle room to go at your own rate (which is what we totally planned for here in the Rain 😉 ).