May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And this year, COVID-19 continues to put mental health in the forefront as a top priority for our fans, employees, and communities around the world.

All of us can help ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities support mental health and remove the stigma around discussing this topic. Working with experts in the field, we’ve developed some actions we can take.

For Yourself

  • Open up to someone close to you about a topic you have difficult feelings about.
  • Identify three simple safe-care activities that work for you, like exercising, meditating or journaling.
  • Schedule a check-up to talk to a doctor about your mental health, as well as your physical health.

For the People in Your Life

  • Let people in your life know you’re a safe person to talk to about mental health, and actively listen and engage when someone comes to you for help.
  • Bring together people in your life who have shared interests, such as music, gaming, sports, art and more!
  • Share crisis resources with the people, in your life, such as on social media, to reinforce that you are never alone and that help is always available.

For Your Community

  • Advocate for smart mental health policies that ensure that everyone in your community has access to mental health care, suicide prevention training, and funding for local crisis resources.
  • Get involved with your local AFSP chapter and help transform your community into one that’s smart about mental health, where everyone has support when they need it.
  • Bring an AFSP mental health education, research or support program to your school, workplace, or community center.

Programming

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

A comedy about depression, alcoholism, suicide and the other funniest parts of life. Gethard holds nothing back as he dives into his experiences with mental illness and psychiatry, finding hope in the strangest places.

Euphoria

Follows a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma, and social media.

Generation

A dark yet playful half-hour following a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.

 

I Know This Much Is True

This limited series follows Dominick Birdsey (Mark Ruffalo) as he struggles to care for his twin brother, while discovering the truth about his own family history.

I May Destroy You

Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centers on Arabella (Michaela Coel), a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.

In Treatment

Focuses on a trio of patients as they try to navigate “modern concerns,” such as the pandemic and significant cultural/social shifts. Uzo Aduba stars as a therapist in the lead role.

Under The Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story

Following 19 remarkable seasons in Major League Baseball, CC Sabathia reflects on his pitching journey--one that began with him throwing grapefruits in his grandmother's backyard--as well as some of the challenges that shaped him, including a longtime battle with addiction.

The Weight of Gold:

An HBO Sports documentary exploring the mental health challenges that Olympic athletes often face. The film seeks to inspire discussion about mental health issues, encourage people to seek help, and highlight the need for readily available support.

A World of Calm

Each relaxing episode is designed to transform how you feel. Transporting the viewer into tranquility through scientifically-engineered narratives, enchanting music and astounding footage, to naturally calm your body and soothe the mind. Each story is brought to life by a different iconic voice.

Bleacher Report & MyWellbeing 

In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, Bleacher Report is sponsoring, "Better Together by MyWellbeing" for a month-long fundraising/ donation-based program. The program connects people of color with licensed therapists of color in 60-minute group support sessions that start in June.

A $10 donation will provide a grounding group session for one participant. A $40 donation will provide a full 4-week series of grounding group sessions for one participant.

If you're interested in supporting this effort through a donation or in applying for these group support sessions, you can do so here.

 

Invisibile Stories 

Invisibile Stories – shines light into dark corners and tells untold stories from the heartlands in a fictional neighbourhood housing estate in multi-cultural Singapore.  Each episode follows one resident as he or she navigates through everyday life and its challenges. These stories include the ups and downs of a mother and her autistic son; a taxi driver by day and a spiritual medium by night; and a banker who is a father and husband who harbours a secret that comes to life late at night.

 

PSI

Set in São Paulo, the Brazilian series follows Carlo Antonini, a psychiatrist, psychologist and psychoanalyst, while he solves complex crimes and cases both inside and outside his office.

 

The Mopes

The German dramedy series highlights the topic of mental illnesses, more notably a depression. Mental health topics have become increasingly important over the past years, and the series addresses mental health in a well-dosed humorous way, without taking the seriousness and importance of the matter lightly. Over the course of six episodes, The Mopes tells the story of Monika, a depression, which suddenly (and literally) appears to Mat, a musician, and turns his life upside down. Mat tries just about everything imaginable to get rid of Monika, except for simply accepting that she is, in fact, his own mid-level depression which he must now deal with. 

 

Other Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

A voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Crisis Text Line

A global not-for-profit organization providing free mental health texting service through confidential crisis intervention via SMS message, available 24 hours a day, every day.

Crisis Text Line

Jed Foundation

Works to protect mental health and prevent suicide. Transitioning into adulthood can bring big changes and intense challenges. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.

Jed Foundation

National Alliance on Mental Illness

The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI works to educate, advocate, listen and improve the lives of people with mental illness.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Teenline Online

A non-profit, community-based organization that provides emotional support to youth. It is our mission to provide peer-based education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, community outreach and online support.

Teenline Online

Translifeline

A grassroots hotline and microgrants organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

Translifeline

Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Trevor Project