Sacramento County, like so many others, has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of Mental Health Month this May, the “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project is helping to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and inspire hope and positivity for our community, particularly for individuals and families living with mental illness here in Sacramento.
Stay connected and prioritize your mental health:
- Follow the project’s Twitter and Facebook pages to stay updated on the project.
- View our “May is Mental Health month” virtual art display. Stop Stigma Sacramento Speakers Bureau members have shared artwork to inspire acts of kindness and positivity in the community.
- Try some of our conversation starters! Find ways to have a meaningful discussion with family, friends or neighbors about how their feeling – remind them they’re not alone.
- Visit our website to view a compiled list of mental health resources, such as, helplines, online communities and tips to help us get through this together.
- Write a message of hope on the “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project’s Wall of Hope.
- Check out online resources from our friends at Each Mind Matters, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America for ways to improve mental health and increase resiliency.
Mental illness can happen to anyone, no matter your age, ethnicity or gender. During these times of uncertainty, many of us may be experiencing increased levels of stress, anxiety and worry, and those already living with a mental health condition may be facing heightened symptoms as a result of the emotionally-charged environment we are living in.
It is just as important as ever to support the mental health and well-being of others by reaching out and maintaining a connection with those who may be struggling – not only to support them but also for your own mental health. Sending a thoughtful text, making a phone call, or setting up a video chat could make all the difference.
For more information on Sacramento County’s “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project, and to find mental health resources for yourself and others during this uncertain time, please visit www.stopstigmasacramento.org
This program is funded by the Division of Behavioral Health Services through the voter-approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).