For Immediate Release
April 19, 2021
Media Contact: Stephanie Owens
Press kit: Download Here
Gaming for Mental Health joins First National ‘Mental Health Action Day’ to Drive People to Take a First Mental Health Action for Themselves or Others
One year into COVID-19 and amidst a most dire mental health crisis, Gaming for Mental Health and nearly 400 organizations team up to plan inaugural ‘Mental Health Action Day’ on May 20
Middletown, NJ — Gaming for Mental Health in partnership with 193+ leading brands, nonprofits and cultural leaders today announced the first-ever Mental Health Action Day, to be held on Thursday, May 20 during Mental Health Awareness Month.
Over the past two decades, suicide rates have risen, particularly among first responders and military service members. The COVID pandemic has accelerated the already dire crisis, giving way to what many mental health professionals have called the “second pandemic.”
Though more people than ever are comfortable discussing mental health, finding effective resources and knowing how to get help remains a challenge. Mental Health Action Day is an open-source movement of brands, organizations and cultural leaders to drive culture from mental health awareness to mental health action.
Partners will encourage people to take their first steps towards mental health action — whether for themselves, for their loved ones or to advocate for systemic changes. Resources and tools will be available for people to seek help in a myriad of ways from starting a meditation practice, learning how to support a friend, or advocating for change.
“Gaming for Mental Health and the Betties Bombers community are proud to join MTV Entertainment Group and all of the other organizations to turn mental health awareness into action”, said Stephanie Owens, Chief Executive Officer at Gaming for Mental Health. “Our First Responders are suffering, and on-the-job stress has had a significant impact on their physical and mental well-being during the Covid-19 crisis. We want to make sure they have the support they need so that they can continue to support our communities in times of need, now and in the future.”
Mental Health Action Day is being planned in partnership with TaskForce, a cultural organizing agency that builds capacity for those taking on the most pressing challenges facing our communities, our nation and our world.
Additional participants and more information about how each partner will activate on May 20 will be forthcoming. More on Mental Health Action Day and initial partners can be found at www.MentalHealthActionDay.org
About Mental Health Action Day
Mental Health Action Day is an open-source movement of brands, organizations and cultural leaders to drive culture from mental health awareness to mental health action. The first Mental Health Action Day will take place on May 20, 2021 with a mission to encourage and empower people to take their first steps towards mental health action — whether for themselves, for their loved ones or to advocate for systemic changes, because mental health is health. Learn more at www.MentalHealthActionDay.org
About Gaming for Mental Health
Gaming for Mental Health is a peer support system for First Responders and Military service members. Through our program Operation Mutual Aid and peer support community Betties Bombers, we provide a positive social outlet utilizing video games to build camaraderie and establish a support system in the event of a crisis. Our two main goals are to stop stigma and prevent suicides. Learn more at gamingformentalhealth.org.
Follow Gaming for Mental Health!