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Mental Health Awareness Month 2017: 8 Ways to Get Involved

May 1, 2017


Every month is Mental Health Awareness Month here at JED, and we’re excited to share how you can take action and get involved during the official National Mental Health Awareness Month over the next four weeks. Thanks for your ongoing support of our work to protect the emotional well-being of teens and young adults.

1. Become a JED Volunteer!

We’re excited to offer new volunteer opportunities to JED supporters. The program has been designed for you to have an engaging experience while helping to fulfill our mission. With your input, we’ll continue to expand the program and with your efforts, we’ll make an even bigger impact.

Learn what you can do and sign up to become a JED Volunteer!

2. Speak Up Online

Take part in conversations about important topics in mental health this month.

  • #LetsTalk – May 30 @ 2pm ET: Join JED, Campaign to Change Direction and Give an Hour for a Twitter chat about teen and young adult mental health.
  • #MHM2017: Spread the word all month! Save and share the image below with your social media networks using #MHM2017 and tagging @jedfoundation. Here’s a sample post:
    • Be ready to help a friend or family member this Mental Health Awareness Month. Visit jedfoundation.org/help #MHM2017 @jedfoundation

3. Discuss 13 Reasons Why

Watching the new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why? Read Dr. Vic’s blog, What Viewers Should Consider, for helpful information and suggestions for viewing and talking about the show with friends and family.

4. Join JR JR 

JR JR is donating a portion of proceeds from their shows during Mental Health Awareness Month to JED! Check out their tour dates here and donate to JED while purchasing an exclusive digital version of their new song, “Same Dark Places”.  Thanks for your support, JR JR!

5. Get Set to Go

Know a high school junior, senior or first-year college student? As the school year comes to an end, check out our new online resource to help prepare and guide teens through the transition from high school to college and beyond. Learn more in Dr. Jenna’s blog, visit settogo.org and spread the word using #JEDsettogo.

6. Watch Chris Gethard HBO Special

Career Suicide, an HBO comedy special presented by Judd Apatow and written by Chris Gethard, premieres Saturday, May 6 at 10PM ET. Watch this video of Chris Gethard, Wyatt Cenac, Aparna Nancherla, Patti Harrison and Phoebe Robinson discussing the importance of mental health and see HBO’s resource page for viewers.

7. Download and Share Our Action Card

8. Attend SAMHSA’s Awareness Events

We are always honored to partner with SAMHSA to spread awareness about mental health. This month, we’re working together on:

  • National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – May 4 @ 7pm: Click here for more information and to register to attend or watch the event live. #HeroesofHope
  • National Prevention Week – May 14-20: View the Suicide and Substance Use in Young People webinar featuring our own Dr. Vic to help prepare for #NPW2017 and click here to learn more about prevention week.

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