Dear Advocates,

While we know that 1 in 5 people experience a mental illness in their lifetime, we also know that everyone faces challenges that can impact their mental health. This year in May, Mental Health America hopes to provide a mental health screen for ONE MILLION Americans. That's right, our goal is to screen a #MillioninMay for mental health conditions. This effort is being led nationally, by Mental Health America and Mental Health America of Indiana hopes to have Hoosier support!

Mental health is essential to everyone's overall health and well-being, which is why we need your help this May. A little over a month ago, we had no idea that our lives would become permanently altered by the Coronavirus. Or that the five most common symptoms of onset mental illness: worry, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety, would be something that everyone is now experiencing.

Together, we have taken monumental strides forward by offering countless innovative approaches to dealing with the new and existing mental health crisis. The Indiana behavioral health community has quickly become a leader in this effort. We would like to thank Indiana state agencies for launching bewellindiana.com, where Hoosiers can find resources and services for mental health and substance use disorders, as well as take one of our mental health screens.

In addition, Mental Health America of Indiana continues to provide mental health counseling and treatment, peer support services, and virtual trainings. We are also excited for our upcoming COVID-19 focused webinar hosting workshops that include the effects of COVID-19 on: Suicide, Criminal Justice, Employment, and Crisis Response Teams.

We hope that you join us this May and in following months to come, in order to beat mental illness and for mental wellness for all!


May you stay healthy and May you be well,

Stephen C. McCaffrey, JD
President and CEO of Mental Health America of Indiana
Share your story
• Post on social media
• Write something for list serves you are a part of, alumni newsletters, blogs, students newspapers – your story really does matter! And people want to share it!
• Contact your local TV station or student TV station and share your mental health story 

Help spread the word about screening
• Join our #millioninmay campaign. This May MHA is aiming for 1 million mental health screens at MHAscreening.org to normalize preventative measures for mental health conditions and encourage people to seek help.
• Put MHA’s screening in the bio of your Instagram profile for example say “Check up on your mental health at the link below” and link to MHAscreening.org in the website blank.
• Take a screen at MHAscreening.org and share that you “took a check-up from the neck up” – encourage others to do the same
• Link to posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms to mhanational.org/may so people can access the different Tools2Thrive webpages

Start a Facebook or Instagram fundraiser
• Share why mental health matters to you or share your screening story.
• Share why MHA’s peers’ program that combats loneliness and isolation is important.
• Incorporate mental health fast facts into your fundraiser. Get them at www.mhanational.org/mentalhealthfacts.
• Start a fundraiser in honor of a loved one
Mental Health America of Indiana is combining our annual Heroes for Recovery Luncheon with our annual Mental Health and Addiction Symposium! It will be held on December 10, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza at Union Station. Make sure to register for our COVID-19 Webinar to receive a special Early Bird Rate!

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please contact our event coordinator, Rebekah Gorrell .
Looking for a connection to recovery? Join the movement!

Mental Health America of Indiana is launching regional Recovery Hubs throughout Indiana! These hubs are a used to connect individuals to services and resources in their community. Find a peer near you through the Indiana Recovery Network.

Join our Strengths-Based approach virtual recovery gatherings! Monday - Friday
7 p.m. Meetings Start April 20th!

Mental Health America of Indiana is now hosting a judgement-free collaboration for anyone contemplating or in recovery! Please share with your community!

If you have questions or comments on our Peer to Peer program, please reach out to our Peer Supports Manager, Justin Beattey.
COMING SOON!

The Indiana Recovery Network will be launching their first MOBILE APP available on iPhones. This gives peers the ability to connect to one another as well as connect with resources in their community. Messaging is annonymous and downloading is free!

Stay tuned to know when we launch so you and your community can #RecoverTogether!
Looking for mental health or substance use care during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Don't worry, we have your back!
EmberWood Center is providing mental health and substance use therapy to  new  and existing clients  on home computers, tablets, and phones.
In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and following guidelines of CDC, the Governor of Indiana, and the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions, the EmberWood Center has established a new protocol for treating our clients. In-person direct services have been suspended until further notice from the CDC, and tele-therapy will be offered instead. Clients can participate via their phones, tablets, or computers and they will be contacted with instructions by their counselors.
Please, be patient with us as we are navigating this new method of services provision and we are prioritizing our higher-need clients. Our staff is checking voicemails and will return calls as we receive them. 
Please, opt for contacting  emberwoodcenter@mhai.net  with any questions or requests for services. Also follow the  EmberWood Facebook Page for more updates on tele-health services. Thank you!
If our services do not fit your mental health needs check out  SAMSHA's Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak

Make sure you're staying up to date as we provide our community with a variety of mental health resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic!
Use this hashtag on your social media posts while sharing tips on how to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic!
#INThisTogether
Mental Health America of Indiana wants to provide the following resources with anyone who may be seeking them. We urge you to share our resources with your community during this challenging time. Thank you!
The Mental Health America of Indiana staff thanks you for staying connected with us during this time. We appreciate your continued support in our mission for mental wellness and recovery for all Hoosiers.
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