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MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH 2021

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Since 1949, May has been a time to talk openly about mental health. This year’s theme, “Hope for Change”, draws our attention to the present moment, allows us to reflect on the growth we’ve experienced, and move toward the future. The County of San Diego, along with the larger community who support loved ones with mental health conditions, will once again focus on raising awareness, offering support, and sharing local resources.

To maintain safety and comply with public health orders, all events will continue to be virtual. Many activities will be on social media where we can all meaningfully connect. Please use the resources on this page to discover new ways to share May Is Mental Health Month with your community.

Support mental health awareness using this custom hashtag: #HopeForChangeSD on social media and be sure to check out some of the fun activities found on the Green Ribbon Activities page below.

CALENDAR

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The County of San Diego and its partners have activities and virtual events planned throughout the month. Get more info and a list of upcoming local events by visiting the May Is Mental Health Month calendar.

To submit planned activities in celebration of May Is Mental Health Month, please send event information to Nancy Page (nancy.page@sdcounty.ca.gov).

MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Link to Benefits of Physical Activity

 

Exercise is proven to alleviate elevated levels of stress and anxiety in many ways. Explore the mental health benefits of exercise or visit the County's Parks and Recreation webpage (sdparks.org) for opportunities to engage in physical activities.

 

DIRECTING CHANGE FILM AND ART CONTEST

Hope for Change

 

Directing Change is a film and art contest for youth that provides the opportunity to learn about and have a voice in mental health, suicide prevention, and other important topics. San Diego County youth can win up to $300 dollars in prizes! Create a film, narrative, or art piece and submit your entry by the end of every month. Learn more about monthly submission opportunities at  www.DirectingchangeCA.org.

Visit https://directingchangeca.org/films/ to view winner names and their films including several from San Diego County. The site also has films and screenings from previous years.

GREEN RIBBON ACTIVITIES

Green Ribbon Activities

The lime green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness. It’s worn or displayed to symbolize support for ending mental health discrimination. Visit the Green Ribbon Activities page to learn more ways to show your support for mental health awareness.

HELPFUL LINKS

Access and Crisis Line

Access and Crisis Line

If you or someone you care about is in crisis or would like behavioral health resources or support, please call the Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Calls are answered by experienced counselors, with assistance available in over 150 languages.

 

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It's Up to Us

The It's Up to Us campaign empoweres San Diegans to talk about mental health,, recognize warning signs of suicide, access resources, and seek help. 

 

Mental Health Resources During COVID-19

Mental Health Resources During COVID-19

The Behavioral Health Services department within the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency, offers a COVID-19 website which includes a compilation of resources for mental health and ways to cope during COVID-19.

 

Live Well at Home

Live Well @ Home

This free resource helps people of every age stay healthy during a time of physical distancing and staying at home.

 

COSD COVID-19 link

County of San Diego COVID-19 Resources

This page provides daily information on COVID-19, updates on case numbers, safe reopening practices, and local testing sites.

 

Link to 2-1-1

211 San Diego

211 San Diego is a free service that helps people get referrals to local County resources like housing, utilities, food, and employment assistance.