Mental Health Day of Action

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Empower Yourself and Advocate for Change

The importance of mental health cannot be understated, and in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, New Day Employment Network (NDEN) is proud to have joined forces with over 500 organizations worldwide to participate in the inaugural Mental Health Action Day on Thursday, May 20th. Our mission for this day was clear: to inspire and mobilize individuals to take proactive steps towards addressing mental health challenges, whether it’s for themselves, their loved ones, or to advocate for much-needed systemic changes.

The Challenge

Despite significant strides in recent years towards destigmatizing mental health conversations, many still find it daunting to navigate the maze of available resources or even to understand how to seek help effectively. This gap between acknowledging the need for mental health support and actually accessing or providing it is a barrier that we must collectively address. It’s not just about talking; it’s about taking meaningful actions that can make a real difference.

Action Looks Different for Everyone

Mental Health Action Day was designed with the understanding that taking action means different things to different people. For some, it might involve starting a conversation with a friend or family member, for others it might mean seeking professional help, and for others still, it might mean advocating for systemic changes in the workplace or the community. The initiative encouraged everyone to take the actions that feel most appropriate and impactful for them.

The Forum

As part of our commitment to this initiative, we hosted a Mental Health Action Day Forum, which provided valuable insights, resources, and actionable steps that anyone can take to address mental health challenges. We invite you to listen to the forum and choose to take a Mental Health Action that resonates with you.

A Collective Effort

The planning and execution of Mental Health Action Day involved a collaborative effort by the MTV Entertainment Group and TaskForce, a cultural organizing agency dedicated to empowering those addressing the most pressing challenges faced by our communities, nation, and world. For more information on the initiative and additional resources, visit Mental Health Action Day.

Join The Movement

Taking care of our mental health is an ongoing journey, and while Mental Health Action Day was a significant event, it is just one piece of a much larger puzzle. We encourage everyone to continue taking actions, big or small, to support their mental health and the mental health of those around them. Together, we can create a world where mental health is prioritized, supported, and celebrated.

Resources

  1. Kathy Carey, LCPC
    Asst Director of Emergency Services, DuPage County Health Department
    Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Crisis Text Line
    Illinois DHS
  2. NAMI Will-Grundy
    Contact: Pam Babcock, Cheryl Smith, Cheryl Habeeb
    Website
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
  3. Curtis Richardson, MS
    Heritage Counseling Center
    Website
    Phone: 815-577-8970, option 1
  4. Johnnie Geathers, MSW
    Mental Health Therapist, Familylinks, Inc.
    Website/Podcast
  5. Tracee Carr
    Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher, Group Fitness Instructor
    Inwood Athletic Club
    Yoga Birdee Fitness – YouTube
    ACE Fitness – Exercise Library
    Discovery – Article on Exercise and Mental Health
    Frankfort New Lenox Run Club – Facebook
    DNA Athletics – Facebook
  6. Mike & Jeannine Vollmer
    Celebrate Recovery
    Website (Located under church events. Meeting dates: Tuesdays 7p-9p)
  7. Dr. Chandra McCain
    Totally Free Ministries
    Website
    Phone: (630) 410-9536

Closing Thoughts

At NDEN, we believe in the power of collective action to bring about meaningful change. Mental Health Action Day was an important step in the right direction, but the journey is far from over. Let’s continue to support one another, advocate for systemic changes, and take proactive steps towards a brighter, healthier future for all.

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