This Sunday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day (World Health Organization/WHO https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day). This is a day for global mental health education and spreading awareness that mental health is a part of our whole health. It is also a time to engage in some self-care and to have a #RealConvo with those around you!
Self-Care Tips: There are steps we can all take to reduce stress and improve our personal wellness. Find some ideas for taking a step back to breathe and focus on YOU in AFSP’s Self-Care Strategies for Resilience.
Mental Health in the Workplace: For improving mental health where we work, see the Workplace Guidelines issued by AFSP, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), and United Suicide Survivors International (United Survivors).
Have a #RealConvo: Take some time to reach out to check in on those around you. Caring conversations can and do make a difference. Remember, you do not need to be an expert to have an open and honest conversation about mental health. Check out AFSP’s recommendations for starting and continuing a conversation about mental health in our #RealConvo Guide.
Engage on Social Media: Share the attached social shareables and encourage those in your network to help normalize conversations about mental health and suicide. Together, we can end the stigma and create a culture that is smart about mental health.
Tune in at 1pm Eastern today (10/8): Please join us on Facebook for a panel conversation with the Creators of HBO’s award-winning series Mare of Easttown. AFSP’s Senior Manager of Writing and Entertainment Outreach, Brett Wean will lead a discussion about the depiction of grief and suicide loss in the show with Mare of Easttown creator/writer and Executive Producer Brad Ingelsby and Executive Producer Mark Roybal.