Embracing Mental Health Awareness Every Day

communication media and mental health psychology May 01, 2024

May is Mental Health Awareness Month1, a time for both reflection and action established by Mental Health America in 1949. The month brings a surge of media coverage, local events, and film screenings promoting mental health. As a media psychologist and mental health clinician, I witness a digital landscape overflowing with messages – personal stories, inspirational quotes – often concentrated within these 30 days.

This influx evokes mixed emotions. While the expanding dialogue around mental health is encouraging, the sheer volume can feel overwhelming. It's a powerful reminder of the depth and complexity of these issues. However, amidst this deluge lies an opportunity: transforming the conversation into a continuous and impactful year-round effort.

Mental Health: More Than a Month-Long Focus

Mental Health Awareness Month is more than only raising awareness; it's a call to action. Dedicating a month emphasizes its importance, urging us to address it with the same urgency we afford physical health. It compels us to consider the influence of mental health on all facets of society and how we can cultivate a more understanding and supportive community.

Here are five practices to integrate into your daily routine for lasting impact:

Embrace Vulnerability

Strength lies in acknowledging our struggles. Openness fosters connection and combats the isolation often accompanying mental health challenges. Be honest about your feelings, even if it means admitting you're not okay.

Challenge the Myth of "Normal" 

Mental health is a spectrum, not a rigid standard. Let's reject the idea of a single "normal" that excludes those who differ. Celebrate the unique mental landscape of each individual. True well-being lies in finding what works for you, not conforming to arbitrary norms.

Honor Your Needs

Become attuned to your body and mind. Respect your mental and emotional needs. This might involve taking breaks when needed or seeking social interaction when you feel up to it. Your needs are valid, ever-evolving, and deserve your attention.

Ditch Perfectionism

Striving for perfect mental health is an unrealistic and potentially frustrating goal. Focus on achieving balance, resilience, and self-compassion. Celebrate small victories and acknowledge that the journey is just as important as the destination.

Advocate for Change

Go beyond awareness. Push for concrete actions and policy changes that truly support those struggling. Share your experiences with mental health services to highlight both successes and areas for improvement.


By weaving these practices into the fabric of our daily lives, we cultivate a culture of empathy, support, and genuine care that extends far beyond a single month, impacting the entire year.

Mental health is a journey, not a destination. By incorporating these practices into our daily lives and advocating for ongoing support, we can cultivate a culture of empathy, understanding, and genuine care that extends far beyond a single month. Let's work together to prioritize mental health every day of the year.

Insight to Action 💡

This Mental Health Awareness Month, let's initiate lasting habits like mindfulness or journaling. Reach out to those feeling isolated, and advocate for improved mental health resources in our communities. These small, daily actions can have significant and lasting impacts. Additionally, here are some ways various professional roles can offer continuous support: 

Content Creators

Develop content that honestly portrays both the challenges and triumphs of mental health. Use your platforms to destigmatize these issues and promote supportive narratives.


Integrate mental health education into curriculums. Teach students emotional intelligence, resilience, and how to seek help when needed.

Corporate Trainers

Implement mental health training programs. Educate employees on stress management, recognize signs of colleagues' mental health struggles, and foster a supportive work environment.

Therapists and Counselors

Continue advocating for your clients' needs and pursue ongoing professional development to better serve those managing mental health concerns.

While Mental Health Awareness Month is a valuable starting point, authentic progress lies in sustained action throughout the year. Here's where my digital program, "What to Do When," comes in. This program offers a comprehensive understanding of mental health concerns and treatment options as well as provides hundreds of wellness exercises and coping tools for individual health and wellbeing. By equipping yourself with the knowledge and tools from "What to Do When," you can contribute to a more supportive and mentally healthy world every day.



Mental Health America. (n.d.). Mental Health Month. Retrieved April 29, 2024, from