May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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As we celebrate Mental Health Matters Month, 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.

The effects of self-expression and creativity on our mental health and well-being have been widely documented. Everyone can benefit from incorporating creative self-expression into their wellness routine. Activities as simple as doodling have been shown to activate the reward pathways in our brain: elevating mood and making us feel better. In addition, creative self-expression can be a powerful tool to help us heal and maintain our mental wellness.

Below you will find links to all of the items in the 2020 activation kit, including files to share via email, social media and by printing. You can also download the activation kit on the Each Mind Matters Resource Center. And if you missed the Each Mind Matters webinar about the activation kit and examples of how other county and community agencies are celebrating Mental Health Matters Month, you can view the slides and recording here

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Activity Guide

This year’s Mental Health Matters Month theme, “Express Yourself,” is all about how
expressing yourself in creative ways can help with self-care and supporting your mental
wellness. While we may not be able to celebrate together in person this year, we can still take part in virtual activities.

There are many options for promoting Mental Health Matters Month, all of which can be done from home or online while practicing physical distancing. We have provided suggestions for
how to plan your May activities week-by-week, or you can choose your favorites.

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Join the #ManySidestoMyStory
Social Media Challenge!

It’s OK to be you, all of you!
Join Each Mind Matters, California’s Mental Health Movement to express the many sides of yourself — raise awareness about mental health and support people with mental health challenges.

We can break the stigma of reaching out for mental health support for good.

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