Happy May, sweet readers! More specifically, Happy Mental Health Month!
That’s right, we kicked off Mental Health Month 2019 on Wednesday, and in honor of that I’m highlighting several resources to boost your mental health wellness, advocacy efforts, and campaign participation. Keep reading for details on downloading the Mental Health Month 2019 Toolkit, a mental wellness challenge you can take part in this month, how Burger King is getting involved (yes, Burger King!), and more.
MHA Mental Health Month 2019 Toolkit: For 70 years, Mental Health America has celebrated Mental Health Month. That’s right! It’s the 70th anniversary! As they do every year, MHA has provided a toolkit to help providers, patients, and advocates bring awareness to everyone. This year’s toolkit includes key messages, a sample press release, outreach ideas, website and social media images, fact sheets and posters, media materials, and so much more. Download your free toolkit today.
Hit the Reset Button With Our 30-Day Mental Wellness Challenge: Well+Good presents 30 days worth of mental wellness activities, from the quick (engage in five minutes of exercise) to the potentially lengthy (Marie Kondo your wardrobe) to the you-don’t-have-to-tell-me-twice (eat a square of dark chocolate!).
Walgreens Wants Its Pharmacists Trained for Mental Health Crises: Walgreens has partnered with the National Council for Behavioral Health and the American Pharmacists Association to provide specialized mental health training to approximately 300 pharmacy staff members and employees. Training will focus on mental health literacy, risk factors, and spotting warning signs and addiction concerns, as well as strategies for crisis and non-crisis situations.
Burger King Takes on McDonald’s With a Range of ‘Unhappy Meals’: Burger King has partnered with Mental Health America to launch its new “Real Meals” campaign during Mental Health Month. “Real Meals” offers a Pissed Meal, Blue Meal, Salty Meal, Yaaas Meal and DGAF Meal. According to an online release “Burger King restaurants understands that no one is happy all the time. That’s why they’re asking guests to order a Whopper meal based on however they might be feeling.” These “Real Meals” are only available in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, and Seattle for a limited time, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t benefit from the campaign’s #FeelYourWay message.
Survey: Americans Becoming More Open About Mental Health: According to a recent survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association, most Americans have positive views of mental health disorders and treatment. 87% of the adults surveyed don’t think having a mental health disorder is something to be ashamed of, and 86% believe people with these disorders can get better. APA CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD calls these results “encouraging,” stating they “indicate a willingness to be more open about mental illness.”
Mental Health Awareness Activated in New iHeart Campaign: In honor of Mental Health Month, iHeartMedia has teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Child Mind Institute to kick off “Let’s Talk,” a multi-year campaign to raise awareness about mental health and help create cultures within communities that support mental health conversations. During “Let’s Talk,” iHeartMedia will air numerous public service announcements educating people on mental illness, as well as conversations with on-air personalities about personal struggles with mental health. Each radio spot will drive listeners to an iHeartRadio web page where they will find ” curated resources published by NAMI and the Child Mind Institute, guides to starting the conversation with a friend, child or healthcare provider, a symptom checker and general information on mental health.” “Let’s Talk” started on May 1 and will last until 2020.