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Mental Health Awareness Month 2024: What It Is and Why It's Important

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Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to raise awareness for the effect mental health has on our lives and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Every May, organizations, businesses, and individuals come together to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and provide tools and resources for people who need them. 

This year, learn how you can take care of your own mental health along with how to be there for your friends and family. Follow along on Lifebulb’s social media channels as we spread advocacy and information about mental health. 

Remember that you are not alone. Help is out there. Let’s dive into some of the most important resources and things to know this May, 2024, for Mental Health Awareness Month

2024 Mental Health Facts

It’s important to be aware of the impact mental health has on our society. Unfortunately, recent studies have found American’s mental health is worsening. Here’s the facts you need to know:

  • 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness
  • 17% of adolescents aged 12-17 experience at least one depressive episode
  • 33.5% of adults with a mental illness also have a substance use disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders are the most common form of mental illness
  • 19.1% of adults experience anxiety disorders

A lot of people don’t get the mental health help they need because they don’t understand mental illness or the treatment options out there. 40% of people believe therapy doesn’t work, 39% don’t have enough time, and 37% don’t have robust enough insurance. 

By raising awareness through events like Mental Health Awareness Month, we can connect more people to the life-saving resources they need.

How you can support mental health awareness this month

Mental Health Awareness Month is this May, and it only happens once a year! How can you get involved? Here are some ideas: 

  1. Wear Green: Green is the color for mental health awareness. Mental Health America, which runs a Mental Health Awareness campaign every month, is hosting the “Be seen in green” challenge, which encourages participants to wear green and raise awareness and money for mental health awareness. 
  2. Share on Social Media: Advocate for mental health by posting about it on your social media! Use #LiveBrighter #MentalHealthAwareness Month to encourage people to take care of their mental health. 
  3. Check-in with a Friend: A lot of people try to hide how much they’re hurting, even if they say they’re “fine”. Check-in with your friends and see how they’re really doing. Ask how you can support them, even if it’s just sitting with them for a little bit. 
  4. Donate to a Cause: A lot of the biggest organizations pushing for mental health awareness and policies are nonprofits. If you have extra finances, consider making a donation to nonprofits like NAMI, Mental Health America, Active Minds, or The Trevor Project.
  5. Take action: This year, Mental Health Action Day is May 16, 2024. Take action by volunteering at a crisis text line, local community group, or a favorite local organization. Or, organize a Mental Health Day for you and your friends. Provide resources for mental health help like therapy, check-in with each other, and do something good for your mental health, like going for a walk. 
  6. Take care of yourself: Oftentimes the best thing you can do for Mental Health Awareness Month is take care of yourself. How is your mental health? What can you do to make it better? Read on for a few examples. 

Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month with Lifebulb. We’ll be posting Mental Health coping skills, statistics, and things to know on our social media channels all month. Give us a follow and let’s start changing the conversation around mental health for the better!

How to talk to someone about their mental health

This May is the perfect time to talk to someone about their mental health. You may have noticed their behavior or mood changing, or maybe you just want to check-in. It’s always a good idea to talk about mental health with your friends. In one study done by NAMI, they found that 67% of people believed their problems weren’t bad enough to stress about, and 63% didn’t want to be a burden to others. By starting a conversation about mental health, you give them the chance to say what’s on their mind, and can build bridges to greater resources for them. 

So, here’s a few simple steps you can take to start a conversation about mental health:

  1. Find a quiet place where they won’t worry about being overheard. For example, in the middle of the workday or when they’re at home with their parents around may make them feel uncomfortable. 
  2. Ask open-ended questions: Asking the usual things like “Are you okay?” can lead to simple yes or no answers. Instead, ask things like “How have you been, really?” Or, if you know something stressful is happening in their life, ask “How are you doing with x going on?” 
  3. Use silences: Silences can be awkward but don’t rush to automatically fill them. A lot of people use silence to think or get up the courage to say what they’re really feeling. Let silences stretch a little.  
  4. Keep it casual. It shouldn’t feel like an interview or therapy session; you’re not their therapist. You just want to provide a space where they can talk about their mental health if they want to. 
  5. Don’t interrupt: Once they’ve started to open up to you, don’t interrupt them until they are completely finished. Wait a beat longer than you think you should before replying, so they can keep going if they need to. This may be the first time they tell anyone this, so give them the space they need to find the right words. 
  6. Summarize what you heard: By repeating back the meaning behind their words, you show them you were truly listening. It’ll help them feel heard. For example: “It sounds like you’ve been really stressed about the conflict at work,” is simple but effective. 
  7. Ask follow-up questions: Before you jump to handing out advice, take your time to fully understand by asking any follow-up questions you have. 
  8. Remind them that they are not alone: You won’t be able to fix their problems, but you can provide them the support they need. 
  9. Ask if they want any mental health resources: Not everyone will be susceptible to outside help at this point, and the most important thing is that they feel supported by you. But you should still ask them if they would like any resources. For example, “I know of some good organizations that might be able to help. Do you want me to send them to you?” Respect their decision if they say no. 
  10. Reiterate that you are there for them: Reassure them that you aren’t judging them for what they told you and that you are there for them if they ever need to talk again. 

Supporting our loved ones is one of the best ways we can spread mental health awareness this month.

Build your Mental Health Toolbox

Another great way to participate in Mental Health Awareness in 2024 is to take care of yourself! So often, we’re looking out for other people’s health that we forget to look after our own. 

Therapists often talk about having a “toolbox” of coping skills. Think of this like a toolbox filled with different behaviors and activities that help you manage distressing emotions and thoughts. For example, if you are at the grocery store and start to feel anxious, you can use one of your “tools”, like a breathing exercise, to calm down. 

Here are some of our favorite coping skills you can add to your toolbox this May: 

  • Go for a walk while thinking about your mental health: Did you know walking results in similar brain functioning as EMDR? The bilateral stimulation (alternatively using the left and right sides of your brain repeatedly) is great at working through traumas and distressing memories in a way that promotes healing. Go for a walk, put on some calming music, and think about whatever distressing thoughts or memories have been plaguing you recently. 
  • Take a sensory bath or shower: Engage the five senses by dimming the lights in your bathroom (bring in a small lamp or nightlight and turn off the overhead light), turning on music, lighting a candle, and taking a shower or bath. This is even better if you end with a few minutes of cold shower. Focus on the sounds, smells, and feelings around you. This mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety. 
  • Go a full day without your phone: How does it feel? What did you get done? Can you implement “No phone” hours throughout the day?
  • Do something that scares you: Resilience and self-esteem are strongly linked to mental health. Fortunately, they are both traits we can develop. By doing something that scares you, like going out to eat by yourself, opening up to a friend, or asking for a promotion at work, you prove to yourself that you can do hard things. 
  • Take a nap: When was the last time you actually rested? We live in a society that glorifies productivity and shames relaxation, but relaxing and unwinding are powerful tools to help your mental health. Plus, most people aren’t getting enough sleep, which can have a huge impact on your mental health. Try to do something that fully rests you. 

It doesn’t take much to do something for yourself. Try something small today, and the day after that. Make a habit of showing up for yourself.


Finally, sharing resources is a great way to participate in Mental Health Awareness Month 2024. This May, share these resources with your loved ones (and try them out yourself!)


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Frequently Asked Questions

Mental Health Awareness Month is an annual campaign held in May to raise awareness about mental health, reduce stigma, and promote understanding. It aims to educate individuals and communities about mental health issues, highlight available resources and support, and advocate for improved mental healthcare access. During this month, organizations and individuals come together to initiate conversations, share stories, and promote activities that support mental wellness and well-being.

 Mental Health Awareness Month is observed throughout the month of May. This dedicated month serves as a reminder to prioritize mental health and engage in efforts to better support ourselves and those around us.

May 16th, 2024, is Mental Health Action Day, and is a great day to take a step forward for your mental health. For example, you could reach out to a therapist, talk to a friend, or volunteer at a local organization.

 There are various ways to participate in Mental Health Awareness Month and support the cause. Here are a few suggestions: 

1) Educate yourself and others by accessing reliable resources and sharing accurate information about mental health.

 2) Engage in discussions and share your own experiences to help reduce stigma and promote open dialogue. 

3) Participate in local or online events, such as webinars or workshops, that focus on mental health topics. 

4) Show support by wearing green or a mental health awareness ribbon. 

5) Get involved with mental health organizations and local communities to volunteer or advocate for mental health initiatives. Remember, every action, no matter how small, can contribute to raising awareness and supporting mental health.

 Supporting a friend with their mental health can make a significant difference in their well-being. Here are some ways to help: 

1) Be a good listener and provide a non-judgmental space for them to share their feelings. 

2) Offer your support and let them know you're there for them, checking in regularly. 

3) Encourage them to seek professional help and provide information about available resources. 

4) Educate yourself about their specific mental health condition to better understand their experiences. 

5) Be patient and understanding, acknowledging that their journey may have ups and downs.

6) Help them engage in self-care activities and encourage healthy coping mechanisms. However, remember that you are not a mental health professional, and it's important to encourage your friend to seek appropriate support when needed.

 Taking care of your own mental health is essential. Here are some strategies to support your well-being: 

1) Prioritize self-care by engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. 

2) Maintain a balanced lifestyle with regular exercise, nutritious meals, and adequate sleep. 

3) Practice mindfulness and stress reduction techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises. 

4) Seek social support by spending time with loved ones or joining support groups. 

5) Set boundaries and learn to say no to avoid overwhelm. 

6) Consider seeking therapy or counseling to address any specific mental health concerns you may have. Remember, taking care of yourself is not selfish but necessary for your overall well-being.

At Lifebulb, we are committed to supporting individuals in their mental health journeys. Our therapists are highly experienced and passionate about helping clients live their brightest lives. We provide a range of therapeutic support tailored to each individual's needs and goals. Whether you're seeking help for yourself or supporting someone else, we're here to empower you with knowledge, resources, and compassionate guidance.

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