Welcome to Mental Health America of Indiana’s Celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month. This May, we are celebrating the theme of “Hoosier Starting Point: Navigating Mental Health in Our Changing World,” we unite with our National organization’s direction “Where to Start: Mental Health in a Changing World,” to amplify our voices, actions, and initiatives for mental health. Read more about what Hoosier businesses, schools, and YOU can do below!

What you can do:

  • Share Your Story: Inspire others and open the conversation by sharing your experiences.
  • Social Media Advocacy: Use the power of the hashtag. Post and share to raise awareness using #mayismentalhealthmonth.
  • Wear Green: Show solidarity by wearing the color of mental health awareness.
  • Personal Fundraising: Take initiative by creating a fundraiser to support Mental Health America of Indiana.
  • Join Support Groups: Connect with a community support group in Indiana to share strength and hope.
  • Advocate for Change: Contact state legislators to support mental health policies for the 2025 session.
  • Support Pro-Mental Health Candidates: Vote for progress. Back leaders committed to mental health causes.
  • Involve Your Workplace: Encourage your employer to partner with us and foster workplace well-being.

For Indiana Businesses:

  • Promote Mental Wellness at Work: Distribute MHAI’s resources to support your team’s mental health.
  • Pursue a Bell Seal: Recognize your commitment to employee mental health by becoming a Bell Seal-certified organization.
  • Go Green: Light up your organization in green to visibly stand for mental health awareness.
  • Utilize Our Screening Tool: Encourage early detection and support through our online screening.
  • Donate to the Cause: Your financial support fuels our mission and mental health services.
  • Professional Development: Enhance your team’s skills and knowledge through our Training Institute.
  • Use a May is Mental Health Month graphic in your email signature or zoom background. Download Here: image1 | image2
  • Host the Post-it Note Activity:** We ask that your team conduct this activity in your office on or before Thursday, May 16.
  • **Engage on Social Media:** Join us in amplifying the conversation by sharing photos or videos of the activity in your office on Mental Health Action Day. We aim to create a broader community dialogue about the importance of discussing mental health.

For Hoosier Schools:

  • Host a Mental Health Q&A: Create a safe space for students to learn from mental health professionals.
  • Bring Change to Mind: Establish a student-led club that fosters a stigma-free environment.
  • Awareness Events: Spread the word with school-wide mental health events.
  • Train Students: Empower your students with the tools to support each other’s mental health.

Go Green for Mental Health!

Join us as Indiana shines in hope. Visit the illuminated Monument Circle between May 13-17, capture the moment, and share your support on social media.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our partners this May, each of whom has sponsored a day to illuminate Monument Circle, also serving as a beacon of hope for those who may be struggling in silence.

From May 5th to 11th, 2024, we’re celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week! Mental Health America of Indiana will spotlight children’s mental health and its significance for all of us. Join us in raising awareness and supporting the well-being of our youngest generation.

May is also Maternal Mental Health month, with May 1 celebrating Maternal Mental Health Day!

Family Mental Health Matters

  • Pregnancy isn’t just about physical health—it’s crucial to prioritize mental well-being too. From mood swings to anxiety, many moms-to-be experience a range of emotions during pregnancy. Let’s break the stigma and encourage open conversations about maternal mental health. Remember, you’re not alone, and seeking support is a sign of strength.
  • 1 in 5-7 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers/partners experience postpartum depression or anxiety.
    Help is a phone call or text away. Reach out to speak with a trained Crisis Specialists today: https://inalliancepse.org/resource/title-988-crisis-and-suicide-lifeline-be-well-crisis-helpline/
    Postpartum Support International https://www.postpartum.net/

During Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, let’s emphasize the importance of periodic screenings throughout childhood. These assessments not only evaluate your child’s physical, mental, and social development but also play a crucial role in early problem detection and treatment. Early diagnosis significantly impacts the long-term outcomes for children with developmental delays. Let’s prioritize proactive care for our children’s well-being.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Milestone and Child Development Resource Information: Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Evaluating a child for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Access our BRAIN-online FASD screener at: https://inalliancepse.org/brain-online/

Stories of Resilience: Personal Journeys through Mental Health
Be inspired by the powerful stories of individuals from across Indiana who have navigated their mental health journeys with courage and resilience. These personal accounts offer hope, shed light on the realities of mental health challenges, and celebrate the strength it takes to move forward.

Join the Conversation
Your voice matters. If you’ve been inspired, touched, or motivated by any of our posts, we encourage you to share your thoughts and stories. Engage with us on social media using #MayisMentalHealthMonth and become part of a larger conversation on mental health awareness. “Add Yours” to your story to keep the conversation going this May.

Remember, you are not alone. This Mental Health Month, let’s unite in support, awareness, and action. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of individuals, communities, and workplaces across Indiana.

Take a Quick Mental Wellness Assessment

Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Your donation to Mental Health America of Indiana can make a real difference in the lives of individuals and families facing mental health challenges. Together, we can create a community where everyone feels seen, heard, and supported. Join us in spreading hope and healing. Donate today.

Access the 2024 Mental Health Month Toolkit from Mental Health America today! This comprehensive resource offersfree materials to increase awareness throughout May and beyond. Materials include: DIY tools, social media assets, templates, printable handouts, and other valuable resources, it’s your go-to guide for promoting mental wellness. Download now and start making a difference!