World Mental Health Day 2020
This year the World Health Organization will, for the first time, host a mental health global online advocacy event. At the "Big Event for Mental Health" world leaders, mental health experts and celebrity guests will join WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to teach us all what we can
all do to boost our mental health and how we can all help make sure that quality mental health care
is available to everyone in need of it.
2020's World Mental Health Day, comes at a very challenging time for us all when our day-to-day lives have been drastically altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been so many changes and so much instability. People, including those with mental health conditions, are experiencing even greater levels of social isolation than before the pandemic. And so many people are managing the grief of losing a loved one, often without being able to say goodbye or even hold proper funerals or memorial rituals.
No doubt the need for mental health and psychosocial care and support will greatly increase in the months and years to come. Funding and investment in mental health programs on all levels is more critical than ever before. For this reason, the goal of the World Mental Health Day 2020 campaign
is increased investment in mental health.
For more information, please visit: https://www.who.int/
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and thank goodness for that! Our mental health is
being challenged in a huge way with the COVID-19 pandemic, on top of all of the regular stressors
and issues that we deal with on a daily basis.
Whether we have diagnosed mental illness or not, it is critical for us all to manage and support our
mental health. It matters so much! We must continue to talk about mental health, share our stories,
raise awareness, educate others, get help ourselves and give help when we can.
Let's start the conversation and work to end the stigma around mental illness so we can be there
for each other in ways that are real and meaningful.
If you are struggling please reach out for support.
Here are some resources to help:
The Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 crisis counseling, via text. Just text SHARE to 741741 to reach them.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline gives 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, call 1-800-273-8255.
Depression & Crisis Hotline, call 1-800-784-2433.
Veterans Crisis Line, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or Text 838255.
Emotional Health Relief Hotline, caregivers available 10am-10pm MST, 1-833-442-2211.
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, 24/7, call 208-398-HELP (4357).
The Crisis Hotline, Serving Southern and Southeastern Idaho, 24/7, call 208-788-3596.
Idaho COVID-19 Hotline, call 1-888-330-3010, Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm.
Ambitions of Idaho 24 Hour Crisis Intervention Line, call 208-794-2379.
For more mental health & crisis help resources visit: https://www.mygriefconnection.org/crisishelp.html
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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Updated 20 October 2020
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