NEW YORK – (BUSINESS WIRE) – May 20, 2021–

Today, more than 1,300 organizations, brands, government agencies and cultural professionals will attend the first day of mental health action to advance the conversation from mental health awareness to mental health action. Convened by MTV Entertainment Group, Mental Health Action Day is an open source movement designed to motivate people to take action to get support for mental health – be it for themselves, their loved ones or for everyone, by advocating for systemic change for access to mental health and equity.

The Mental Health Action Day comes at a critical time. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the mental health and well-being of people of color, young people and LGBTQ + communities. Studies have shown:

  • Four in ten adults have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, compared with one in ten before the pandemic.
  • 56 percent of young adults ages 18 to 24 reported symptoms of anxiety and / or depression during the pandemic.
  • 48% of blacks reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders during the pandemic versus 42% of all adults and 40.9% of whites.

Communities of Color, who have experienced diverse effects of COVID-19 and the ongoing trauma of systemic racism from police brutality to anti-Asian violence, also face greater mental health problems than ever before, but continue to face challenges in accessing mental health care.

Cross-sectoral collaboration, raising awareness of the great need for support and action to address mental health in the same way that we address physical health needs, is groundbreaking. From media and technology companies to nonprofits, consumer brands, government agencies and cultural professionals, May 20th promotions are just the beginning. The coalition partners will host a range of activations ranging from public events with experts and activists to employee retention activities. The aim is to encourage and empower people to take first steps, for themselves or others, to support their mental health needs.

“A year into the pandemic, when mental health problems skyrocketed, we brought together 1,000+ partners to not only hit the moment but to fuel a movement of action on a public health crisis, everyone of us concerns, “said Chris McCarthy, president of MTV Entertainment Group. “From storytelling to content creation, together we can break the stigma and normalize the act of helping those who need it.”

A full list of partners as of May 19, 2021 can be found here.

About the Mental Health Action Day

Mental Health Action Day is an open source movement by brands, organizations, government agencies and cultural workers to move culture from mental health awareness to mental health action. The first Mental Health Day of Action takes place on May 20, 2021 with the aim of encouraging and empowering people to take their first mental health actions – whether for themselves, for their loved ones, or for their communities, because mental health is Health . Learn more at MentalHealthIsHealth.us

Emily Singer, mtv@berlinrosen.com

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