This year, Mental Health Awareness Month is all about taking ACTION.
We’re moving beyond awareness and highlighting examples of community partners that are taking ACTION by creating support systems, dispelling stigma, and openly addressing mental health.
Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each May and began over 70 years ago – in this time, we’ve seen huge shifts in knowledge, conversation, and approaches to mental illness. Particularly in the past few years, discussions of mental health have risen to the forefront on a national and worldwide scale as a public health crisis. More people than ever are learning and talking about mental health.
What are we doing about mental health?
Now that our awareness of mental health has grown and we’re talking about its effects on ourselves and our loved ones – what can we do to take ACTION? How can we improve our personal and community responses?
We need to address mental health issues, and while action begins with awareness, it doesn’t end there. We provide training and resources to support individuals and their communities act on their mental health needs.
How can you take action?
Get Support for Your Mental Health
If you have mental health concerns, we’re here to help. Our crisis and emotional support helplines are available 24/7.
Call us any time you need us. Learn more about our services and get help now.
Register for Training
Want training on how to help in a mental health crisis? We provide virtual and in-person training opportunities for anyone who wants to learn how to assess suicide risk and refer others to appropriate resources.
If you, your organization or community want to develop crisis intervention skills, learn more about our upcoming trainings.
Trainings are available to anyone who wants to help others in crisis – you do not need to be a behavioral health professional.
See How Others are Taking Action
For Mental Health Awareness Month, we explore examples of partners in our communities taking ACTION to promote mental health.
In 2019, construction companies, labor organizations, insurance companies, and other community and government partners joined forces with Lines for Life to form the Construction Suicide Prevention Partnership (CSPP). The CSPP has quickly grown to over 100 members, who are all dedicated to taking ACTION – reducing suicide and improving mental health within the construction industry. [Read More…]
Sometimes we forget to take care of the wellbeing of our body and even more of our mind. During difficult times taking care of our whole body is difficult. Our bodies take a lot of abuse, and it holds on to it. Our traumas are passed from generation to generation. Our children suffer what we suffer. My grandfather was abandoned as a child, and he mistreated my father, and in the end, he mistreated me. If one does not face their “demons” they follow us in every aspect of life. [Read More…]
My mama is not a clear vision in my mind. I can almost hear her voice when I read old cards and letters. But so much of my pacific Island mama was woven into the larger fabric of her family, a vision of my Tata and Nana, my Aunties and Uncles and cousins that I don’t always see my mama clearly. Instead I see our forever growing island family. [Read More…]
My whole body froze. The hair on my arms was standing straight up. Did I hear the right? Did Bà nội really just tell me that she loves me? I turned to face her, and she lowered her gaze. In Vietnamese culture, we rarely make eye contact with our elders, as a sign of respect. Instead, she nodded and I knew that was her way of saying, “Yes, I just told you that I love you.” [Read More…]