May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Millions of people experience the reality of living with a mental illness.  While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health, for example a global pandemic. That is why in May, organizations across the country are raising awareness of mental health.  Inspire others to raise awareness and take part in sharing information, resources and support for mental health conditions to reduce the stigma so many experience.


The Joint Committee on Plan Structure and Design has listed mental health as a number one priority regarding our wellness communication pieces.  Therefore, this  will provide you with several resources and ideas to promote mental health awareness in your workplace.  Please share all this information at once or disperse it throughout the month (or year) to keep this topic and available resources on the minds of your employees throughout May or this year as necessary. 


Week of May 10th – Decide how to promote mental health awareness with your employees:


Here are some ideas for your organization:

  • Share/post the attached videos and flyers with employees
  • Remind employees they can use telemedicine to see a psychiatrist or licensed therapist
  • Promote your EAP provider (if you have one) with employees
  • Host a green ribbon campaign during the month of May (several resources found on the internet) to promote empathy, understanding and awareness if:
    • You have been personally touched by a Mental Health or Substance Abuse Disorder        
    • Someone in your family or close friend has been touched by a Mental Health or Substance Abuse Disorder
  • Establish an employee resource group or forum around mental health

Here are some additional resources to explore:

Week of May 17th – Share both Excellus and the RSA short video on Empathy


May 24th - Share Excellus Resources on how to easily access care through the Telehealth Video and Flyer