No one is immune to mental health challenges, and we want you to be prepared when you or someone you know needs help. Join MHFA’s 10-day countdown to World Mental Health Day! From Oct. 1 through Oct. 10, visit this page for daily mental wellbeing tips. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional news, tips and resources.
Words matter! Put the person before the diagnosis or difference with non-stigmatizing, person-first language. People are more than the sum of their traits. It’s also important to always be mindful of others' preferences and to be open to adjusting terms as necessary. Use this chart to begin incorporating more inclusive, person-first language into your discussions about mental wellbeing.
To learn more, read our Use Person-First Language to Reduce Stigma blog.
On Day 2 of our World Mental Health Day countdown, take action by saving these important contacts for yourself or a loved one when support is needed. They could make an impactful difference in your own life or the life of someone you know.
Did you know that more than half of workers do not use all their paid leave even though it can increase life satisfaction, improve mental wellbeing, reduce heart disease risks, and reduce anxiety and depression?
Feeling some level of stress related to work, school or just life in general is understandable, but if it begins to affect your everyday mood, your personal relationships or your mental health, and you’re feeling exhausted, it could be time to take some time away, whether it’s for a few hours or a few days. We know that asking for time off from a job can be intimidating, so here’s a guide from MHFA on how to ask your boss for a mental health day.
MHFA Instructors are on the frontlines of the program, and are helping make mental wellbeing, including recovery from substance use, a reality for everyone, everywhere. For Day 4 of our countdown to World Mental Health Day, connect with a MHFA Instructor near you and learn how you can bring MHFA training to your community.
To find an Instructor near you, visit the Find-a-Course tool, enter your city/state and select "Find Course." Then scroll down to see a list of courses. Filter to see only Instructors by using the course/Instructor toggle buttons on the left-hand side of your screen.
If you have a passion for mental wellbeing and want to make even more of a difference within your community, consider training to become a certified Instructor. Check out this blog post to learn more.
These last few years have been challenging (to put it mildly) and have brought on an unprecedented mental health crisis. Every year, one out of five adults experience a mental illness, and one out of six youth experience a mental health challenge.
Want to help? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), simply talking to someone sympathetic in your life about your mental health challenges can help reduce your stress and improve your mood.
For Day 5 of our countdown to World Mental Health Day, have a conversation about mental wellbeing. While it might seem difficult or awkward, it doesn’t have to be. Just a few words — like asking someone how they’re feeling — can make a big difference. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this blog for 5 tips to start a conversation about mental health.
Whether it’s because of work, school, social obligations or just life in general, we all feel overwhelmed, anxious or stressed at some point. For Day 6 of our countdown to World Mental Health Day, try some of these self-care tips when you’re feeling overwhelmed:
If you need more inspiration about what to include in a self-care plan, check out this blog post.
Calling all MHFA Instructors, coordinators and National Trainers! On April 14, 2024, meet us in St. Louis at the 2024 MHFA Summit for a chance to learn, network and innovate alongside your MHFA peers.
At Summit, you can:
If you are not a MHFA Instructor yet, but are interested in learning more, read up on the benefits of becoming an Instructor. Registration for the 2024 MHFA Summit is opening soon!
Do you ever get the “Sunday Scaries” before heading back into the workweek? Weekends are supposed to be a time to recharge and unplug from work, but for many, Sunday brings feelings of anxiety and dread. Even a few hours lost to worrying about work can drain your mind and body.
If the Sunday Scaries are robbing you of joy and rest, consider these strategies to get your weekend back:
Read more in our How to Ward Off the Sunday Scaries blog.
With one in five adults experiencing a mental health challenge each year, we must all advocate for policies that help increase access to mental health care and reduce stigma surrounding mental health and substance use challenges.
Here are a few ways you can speak up for mental wellbeing:
It’s World Mental Health Day! Let’s continue to take action toward improving the mental wellbeing of ourselves and our communities. Check out MHFA’s latest blog for ideas on how to celebrate and remember to tag us @MentalHealthFirstAidUSA when posting on Facebook and Instagram, and @MHFirstAidUSA when posting on Twitter.
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Thank you for choosing to #BeTheDifference on this World Mental Health Day — and every day!