MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH How We Celebrated in 2020
Since 1949, people in the United States have taken time in the month of May to focus and talk openly about mental health. It is a time to raise awareness about mental health conditions, offer support and encouragement to those experiencing a mental health challenge and provide information about local mental health resources.
This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts of physical distancing orders, the way we celebrate may look different. Events will be virtual, displays will be more personal and activities will be home- and family-based. Many activities will be through social media because that is how we are staying connected.
Check out the resources on this page for ways to celebrate and share awareness of May Is Mental Health Month. You will find virtual activities to attend, materials to post on social media, green ribbons to print and place on your mailbox or front door, and of course, links to mental health resources.
The County of San Diego and its partners had activities and virtual events planned throughout the month. Click here for the May Is Mental Health Month calendar with a list of events that were hosted in 2020.
GREEN RIBBON ACTIVITIES
The lime green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness and is worn or displayed to symbolize support for the elimination of mental health stigma and discrimination. Click here to learn about ways to show your support for mental health awareness and stigma reduction.
The It’s Up to Us campaign empowers San Diegans to talk about mental illness, recognize symptoms, access resources and seek help. The goals are to inspire wellness, reduce stigma and prevent suicide.
Access and Crisis Line (ACL). If you need support or are seeking services, please call the ACL at 1 (888) 724-7240 to speak with a trained counselor 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Behavioral Health Services (County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency) COVID-19 website includes a compilation of resources for mental health and ways to cope during COVID-19.
The Live Well at Home website has resources for various age groups on ways to stay healthy during this period of social distancing and staying at home.
County of San Diego Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website with daily information updates.