By Heather Riemer

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Mental Health America started Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949. This was to bring awareness to the fact that there are many many people living with mental health challenges. Mental Health Awareness month has a different campaign theme each year. Some of the most recent years were these: 

  • 2020-Tools 2 thrive 
  • 2019-4 mind 4 body 
  • 2018- Fitness 4mind 4body 
  • 2017-Risky business 
  • 2016-Mental Illness feels like… 

This year the campaign “Tools 2 Thrive” continues, which wants to provide everyone with practical tools that will help them improve their mental health and increase their resiliency regardless of your life situation. 

Mental Health America is releasing a toolkit that will focus on Mental health tools and that will help everyone.They will also be conducting lots of awareness activities throughout the US. and the world. The toolkit will include topics such as: 

  • The aftermath of trauma and stress 
  • Dealing with anger and frustration 
  • Dealing with big changes 
  • Taking time for yourself 
  • Radical acceptance 

The toolkit will include sample materials for social media and communication as well as printable messages. The mental health awareness month toolkit is available now at the Mental Health America website. The link is below:

The pandemic this last year has affected everyone, everywhere, in ways that have greatly made us aware of the challenges we all face in society today. Being isolated has increased our personal awareness of the ways that our mind works and the pitfalls we all face when it comes to our mental health.

If you would care to learn more about mental health awareness month, look it up! There will be ongoing events, cinema, and other mental health experiences out in the community. Of course, Peers has constant ongoing groups and training. We have WRAP, TAY, Special Messages and Creative Arts among other things. Please feel free to join us at one of our weekly meetings. To get more information, call our main number 510-832-7337 or come to our website

You will find that mental health awareness does not only have to be in May but every month!

Thank you and be well!

Heather Riemer