Apr 15, 2021
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, we recognize the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. The purpose of this movement is to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
This year’s theme is “You Are Not Alone” and is so timely as so many of us have faced more isolation, worries, and uncertainties. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides graphics and logos and even emojis that teachers are free to use.
Some of the Grant Wood Area Education Agency Media Center’s Online Resources support mental health and raise awareness:
Grant Wood AEA has carried Teen Health & Wellness for a number of years. This publication always updates content and features. One new feature is their virtual calm room. They include visual relaxation options such as flowing waterfalls, and calming audio. In addition they link in other quality resources that are sure to calm and delight. Who doesn’t get happy watching a baby panda cam? The Teen Health & Wellness options provide safe and easy access with no commercials or pop ups like the favorite YouTube we all are used to.
The AEA Digital Library (ADL) ADL is a platform where the Iowa AEAs purchase needed video content that is not available through our databases. See what is available in the mental health category in this Mental Health playlist.
Books for students
- Are U Ok?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health
- Depression: A Teen's Guide to Survive and Thrive
- The Princess and the Fog: A Story for Children with Depression
Finally, please read the March GWAEA Pride blog post celebrating School Social Work Month and check out their free (to educators in the GWAEA region) virtual Mental Health First Aid training for educators. One session is available on May 3.