“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.” ― S. Kelley Harrell
Express Unity and #ExpressYourself by attending/sharing one of San Mateo County’s FREE virtual May Mental Health Awareness Month events listed at bit.ly/2020mham (please note space is limited!).
This week, help put an end to stigma and promote community wellness by expressing unity as part of the mental health movement:
● Create messages of encouragement and hope on your windows with sticky notes to show your support. Leave positive messages and doodles for your family members, your roommates or yourself! Click here to get started. Then snap a photo and share it on social media.
How do people and communities deal with difficult events and challenges like a serious illness, the death of a loved one, relationship problems, the loss of a job, and other traumatic events? How can we provide support to our loved ones when they are struggling?
Research shows that resiliency —or the ability to “bounce back” after difficult experiences—is not an innate trait, but rather a complex set of behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and strengthened. And one of the best ways to build resiliency is by fostering connections with the people around you, whether that’s people in your community or your friends and family. Strong, supportive relationships with close family, friends, and loved ones are a key element for a happier and healthier life.
This week, strengthen your community by expressing encouragement to those around you:
Share one of the Each Mind Matters Affirmation Cards with a friend, family member, colleague, or even a stranger. You can download a printable version or share these via social media.
We all need some extra encouragement from time to time. Print and hang this poster to brighten someone’s day.
View and share messages of hope and recovery from the #BeTheOneSMC photo gallery.
“California Clubhouse is seeing GREEN! We are excited to celebrate and show our support this Mental Health Awareness Month by launching our YouTube channel where we will post videos with the theme “Each Mind Matters: Express Yourself”. This month, we are working with our community to post 30 seconds videos “focusing on how expressing ourselves in different way can raise awareness about mental health.”
We are asking our greater San Mateo County community to post #ExpressYourself videos to raise awareness and break down stigma – 30 seconds is all you need! Post on our Facebook and/or Twitter pages and share with family and friends!
The impacts of COVID-19 have touched us all. However, it has been particularly concerning for our marginalized communities. The pandemic has highlighted how individuals with lack of adequate health insurance coverage, employment instability, economic uncertainty and limited ability to physically distance due to their work or housing situations are at greater risk of the physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19.
This week, you can Express Your Well-Being and #ExpressYourself by attending/sharing one of San Mateo County’s FREE and virtual May Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) events listed at bit.ly/2020mham (please note space is limited!).
Maintaining your well-being through regular self-care prevents burnout, reduces the negative effects of stress, and helps you refocus – and it doesn’t have to cost a thing.
However, making time to focus on your well-being isn’t always easy. Self-care isn’t about being selfish or getting a reward — it is a critical part of maintaining our well-being. As author Brianna Wiest says: “Self-care should not be something we resort to because we are so absolutely exhausted that we need some reprieve from our own relentless internal pressure. True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.”
Real self-care is a thoughtful practice that builds well-being over time. Here are some resources to help build this practice and express your well-being:
For folks who like a more structured approach, or people who are experiencing mental health challenges or those living with chronic health conditions, a more comprehensive self-care planning approach may be helpful. In this case, a helpful tool one may want to consider is Wellness Recovery Action Planning, developed by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland. Or take a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) workshop offered by our local Voices of Recovery San Mateo County.
Each year, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services partners up with local agencies, consumers, and community members to coordinate Mental Health Awareness Month. This year posed a special challenge for the committee when meetings were transitioned to virtual and several of our planned in-person events had to be postponed.
A huge thank you to our 2020 MHAM Planning Committee for all your hard work, passion, and resilience!
For more information on Mental Health Awareness Month and a full list of events visit bit.ly/2020mham
Happy May Mental Health Awareness Month! This week, you can Express Your Support and #ExpressYourself by attending/sharing one of San Mateo County’s FREE and virtual May Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) events listed at bit.ly/2020mham (please note space is limited!).
While half of us will experience a mental health challenge over the course of our lives, the very real prospect of facing stigma and discrimination prevents many from reaching out for support. In fact, before people reach our for help it takes an average of 11 years from the onset of symptoms of a mental health challenge. MHAM is one of the best times of the year where we can reduce this stigma and promote wellness.
This week, you can tap your creativity to express your support for mental health awareness by
printing out and coloring in one of the Each Mind Matters Coloring Pages as a way to relax and involve kids in the movement. (Available in English and Spanish)
Set up the lime green ribbon Sticky Note Wall at home, in your window, or on the sidewalk as a fun and meaningful way to create awareness and share messages of support with your family or neighbors. (Instruction poster available in English and Spanish, and ribbon templates.)
Here’s a bonus: expressing care and support towards others increases production of the hormone oxytocin (which is associated with feelings of attachment and love) and the neurotransmitter serotonin (which is involved in good sleep and feelings of happiness) and can even give some people more energy and feelings of happiness!
As mentioned above, you can Express Your Support and #ExpressYourself by attending/sharing one of San Mateo County’s FREE and virtual MHAM events listed at bit.ly/2020mham (please note space is limited!). Flyer and social media message templates attached.
We appreciate any level of support you can give to help us promote MHAM!
BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) and 2020 MHAM Planning Committee
Each year, San Mateo County joins our state and country in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) in May. MHAM is one of the best times of the year where we can promote wellness and reduce stigma against those facing mental health and substance use issues.
Starting today, San Mateo County is joining Each Mind Matters, California’s Statewide Mental Health Movement, in promoting the theme #ExpressYourself. As we celebrate 2020 MHAM, we are focusing on how expressing ourselves in different ways can raise awareness about mental health, break down barriers between people, build our own wellness and strengthen our communities. Due to COVID-19, all of our events will be taking place virtually this year. Look forward to virtual open mics, paint and dance classes, mental health panels, and more! All events will be FREE and available to the public.
Stay tuned every week in May for weekly emails:
● Week 1: Express Your Support
● Week 2: Express Your Well-being
● Week 3: Express Encouragement
● Week 4: Express Unity
Please share with your clients, friends, family and community the attached flyer or this website bit.ly/2020mham where you can get more updates and details.
We appreciate any level of support you can give to promote MHAM!
BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) and 2020 MHAM Planning Committee
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