May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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The Strategic Plan: Health Pillar is committed to recognizing and celebrating May is Mental Health Month in 2022. To achieve this, the workgroup has split the outreach into two categories, an internal group and an external group. While working on ways to equip your agency with the tools to celebrate the month, we realized it is just as important to communicate within the department the importance of mental health activities and awareness. Below you will find tools and resources to support both your internal agency team and ways to reach your community. We encourage you to check back often as resources will be added as the group works on more gathering.
 
WHAT ARE AGENCIES DOING?

Port St LucieFull line up of activities throughout the month that includes Forest Bathing, Brain Fitness, Yoga, and Nature Walks. | Banners in Parks!  | Forest Bathing awareness video | Forest Bathing event
Charlotte County: Social Media Campaign with calendar for citizens.
Dunedin: Social Media Campaign  | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4
Haines City: Seniors Taking Time for Themselves!
Hialeah: Line up of free programs
Deerfield Beach: Teen Summit in Celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month
Margate: Free demonstrations (include but are not limited to yoga, tai-chi, and stretch band classes) and handing out information.
St PetersburgEmployee info emails through the month. Small gifts to give out throughout the month. Using subject matter experts on Facebook live or takeover to help with the message. Citizen outreach calendar | Proclamation by Mayor | Classes
Wellington: Free Yoga classes | Free Depression Seminar | Awareness post
Palm Beach County: Social media
Safety Harbor: Proclamation at May Commission Meeting
Greenacres: Let's Talk... Program

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Use the hashtags: #TakeTimeForYou | #RecTheStigma | #MayIsMentalHealthAwarenessMonth 
Use the icons below in social media - also search your gif library for "frpa" and you will find specials gifs. 

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Internal
The Internal initiative theme is Rec the Stigma and encourages agencies to utilize the resources to help break down the walls that may be built up around the discussion of mental health topics. The resources below are for you and your agency to utilize when working within your own organization to express the importance of positive mental health among employees. 

During “May is Mental Health Awareness Month,” it is critical that we huddle as one team, and offer support to our fellow team members, to ensure that we prioritize mental health, well-being and mindfulness in our service to the community. 



Resources to download:
Tool Kit 
Includes: Purpose, Messaging, Mental Health and Workplace Stress Resources, Example Proclamation Did You Know and Other Facts, Activity Calendar

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Banner

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NRPA Resources

Take a Self Assessment:
The AIS Workplace Stress Survey was developed in 1998 to serve as a simple screening measure to determine the need for further investigation with more comprehensive assessments. Online screening is the quickest way to determine if you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition Take the free mental health screening provided by Mental Health America. After the screening you are provided with information, resources, and tools to help you understand and improve your mental health.
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External
The External outreach theme is Take Time for You and offers resources for agencies to grab and use when communicating with their community at large. You are encouraged to find ways celebrate May is Mental Health Awareness Month with your community and the toolkit items below will help you in making these plans. 

During “May is Mental Health Awareness Month,” we wish to prioritize mental health, well-being, and mindfulness in our service to our community. This toolkit offers key insights and helpful resources for cities and counties to assess and improve their holistic health – mental, social, and physical well-being offerings to their community. More information will be added as it becomes available but we wanted to make sure you could begin preparing for your communication with your community.

Resources to download:
Tool Kit
Includes: Purpose, Messaging, Mental Health and Workplace Stress Resources, Example Proclamation Did You Know and Other Facts, Activity Calendar

May is Mental Health Awareness Month Icon (Ribbon)

Badge


Banner

Take Time For You Icon

Example Proclamation 

Webinars for YOUR Mental Health
May 5, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:15 PM ET: Stoicism x Resiliency
May 25, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:15 PM ET: Investing in Me: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Contented Life


NRPA Resources

Take a Self Assessment:
The AIS Workplace Stress Survey was developed in 1998 to serve as a simple screening measure to determine the need for further investigation with more comprehensive assessments. Online screening is the quickest way to determine if you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition Take the free mental health screening provided by Mental Health America. After the screening you are provided with information, resources, and tools to help you understand and improve your mental health.