Calling all clubs: It is time to show your support in Mental Health Matters.
Despite its paramount importance, mental health often remains shrouded in stigma and misunderstanding. Many individuals hesitate to seek help due to fear of judgment or lack of access to resources. This is where our role as Rotarians becomes pivotal. By raising awareness, fostering understanding, and providing support, we can break down barriers and create inclusive communities where everyone feels valued and supported.
This month, the Mental Health Rotarian Action Group of District 5150 is challenging each and every Rotarian and Rotary Club to make a difference by supporting mental health initiatives.  We invite all Rotarians to join us in commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month this May. Share your ideas, events, and initiatives with us and we will feature them in our May newsletter entry. Together, let's make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by mental health challenges.

Examples of How Rotarians Can Make a Difference:

Host Mental Health Events: Organize seminars, workshops, or panel discussions featuring mental health professionals to educate members and the community about various aspects of mental health and well-being.
Invite Guest Speakers: Invite individuals with lived experience of mental health challenges to share their stories and insights, fostering empathy and understanding among attendees.
Promote Self-Care Practices: Encourage members to prioritize their own mental health by promoting self-care practices such as mindfulness, exercise, and stress management techniques.
Partner with Mental Health Organizations: Collaborate with local mental health organizations to amplify efforts and reach a broader audience. By working together, we can maximize our impact and support.

The Challenge:

Please consider taking this month to plan to go BIG this May and let us know what you and/or your club plan to do to make a difference in mental health.  We will  post your info in our blog in May to promote mental health events, and share ideas for what our district plans for the month of May.  Please send your information to Jenny Bates.  Please include any links to your event registration if you are planning an event.

About the Mental Health Matters blog series: 

This Rotary year, Rotary International President Gordon McInally has inspired us to think about Creating Hope in the World, and we can do so by ensuring we are practicing caring for ourselves and others this Rotary year.  Each month we will take a moment to share a mental health moment to inspire you on how you can practice caring for yourself and others. 
In addition, District 5150 has taken a pledge to focus on mental health and has a group of committed Rotarians working towards making a difference in the arena of mental health here in our own district. Check the District Calendar for the next Mental Health Rotarian Action Group meeting or the Men’s Support Group meeting. If you need additional information, please contact Jenny Bates.