WBT kicks off Mental Health Month: Rollout of Actionable Recommendations to Improve Mental Health in America

Well Being Trust’s #Strive2BeWell, #Thrive2BeWell campaign will provide scores of actions
individuals, providers and policymakers
can take to improve mental health in America

OAKLAND, CA–– May 3, 2021 –– The staggering mental health toll and wide-scale suffering, pain and loss that has rippled out from the COVID-19 pandemic demands a muscular, nationwide response that doesn’t just help Americans #Strive2BeWell, but also helps them #Thrive2BeWell. In line with that goal, for this May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, Well Being Trust is rolling out at least 10 resources and guides to raise awareness, elevate the conversation about the nation’s mental health crisis, and provide actionable solutions.

The resources include specific action items tailored to the unique capabilities of the following audiences: the public at large, health care systems and providers, and policymakers at all levels of government.

“COVID-19 has given us a moment to reflect on our collective mental health – from what’s working to what’s not. As we slowly emerge on the other side of COVID-19, it’s critical that we simply don’t go back to the way it was before, as that wasn’t working for our country,” says Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust. “We need to focus on finally creating a system for mental health. We know what we need to do to, and right now, while it’s still at the forefront of everyone’s minds, it’s time that we get this information into the right hands to drive meaningful change.”

Individuals will find steps they can take to start advocating for mental health; ways that local leaders can drive community-based change; and information on what has to happen to make sure that the health care workforce can support more patients presenting with need.
Providers will have access to a timely resource on what they can do to help themselves so that they can then help others. How they can best help others and prevent additional deaths of despair is another resource that will be available to health care workers.

Policymakers will find a synopsis of the mental health protections promised to patients by key – but not yet enforced –  legislation; a targeted collection of policy recommendations that would help to prevent suicide and improve crisis response; and projections about how many lives could be lost if these policies aren’t put in place.

“People’s faith, hope and by extension health were tested in ways this nation hasn’t seen in decades,” said, Tyler Norris, MDiv, Chief Executive, Well Being Trust.

“Our intention is that by giving people the tools and – especially this month – encouragement they need to heal themselves and health the nation, we’ll restore it.”

Well Being Trust encourages the public to use the following hashtags to help inspire action during Mental Health Awareness Month: #Thrive2BeWell, #Strive2BeWell and #MHAM.
For more information, visit the Well Being Trust Mental Health Awareness Month Resource Page

Additional information on each subset of resources will be shared on #ToolkitTuesday starting May 4.


About Well Being Trust
Well Being Trust is a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation. Created to include participation from organizations across sectors and perspectives, Well Being Trust is committed to innovating and addressing the most critical mental health challenges facing America, and to transforming individual and community well-being. www.wellbeingtrust.org. Twitter: @WellBeingTrust

Amy Shields, MA