Tinton Falls, NJ – This May, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County invites organizations, businesses, local government, and community members to raise awareness for Mental Health Month and celebrate our theme, Look Around, Look Within, which explores how surroundings can impact mental health.
Our national affiliate, Mental Health America (MHA), released its free 2023 Mental Health Month toolkit with information about how an individual’s environment impacts their mental health, suggestions for making changes to improve and maintain mental well-being, and how to seek help for mental health challenges. Specific topics include safe and stable housing, healthy home environments, neighborhoods and towns, and the outdoors and nature.
“Stability is everything,” says Marie Argibay-Boccasino, Information and Referral Specialist. “Through resources and support, we have an opportunity to provide individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges with direction and create a sense of security.”
The toolkit provides information for individuals and organizations and includes fact sheets, worksheets, activity ideas, pre-written newsletter articles, social media images and post language, posters, a tip calendar, and more.
In addition, landmarks across the nation will be lit in green, the color of mental health awareness, to mark Mental Health Month and encourage the public to take a mental health screening.
Since 1950, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County has observed May as Mental Health Month by promoting the mission that mental health is a critical part of overall wellness, and that mental health is something everyone should be concerned with.
About Mental Health Association of Monmouth County
Established in 1950, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County is an affiliate of the national nonprofit Mental Health America. Our professional staff has been on the forefront of creating a meaningful system of mental health care that strategically focuses on eliminating social barriers and mental health discrimination. With over 15 free programs and services, we create healthy communities for the future.
About Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all. MHA’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal. Learn more at MHAnational.org.