The month of May is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of mental health. One in five U.S. adults and one in six youths experience mental illness each year, and everyone faces challenges in life that impact their mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of all people, including health care workers. Hospitals and health systems play a vital role in promoting and delivering timely behavioral health care services, including helping patients access resources in their community. Further, hospitals, as employers, can promote mental health and foster resiliency among the health care work force.
Please help spread the message of the importance of accessing mental health care and reducing the stigma associated with seeking help. The 2021 Mental Health Toolkit, Tools2Thrive Outreach Toolkit, includes informational materials, social media components, fact sheets, worksheets, and other resources for individuals and organizations. Additional resources and information are available through the American Hospital Association and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. Additionally, a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) tool kit for supporting employee mental health is available for employers.