Given the psychological toll of the COVID-19 pandemic combined with the scenes of racial injustice playing out nationally, it is more important than ever to Invest in Mental Health—this year’s World Mental Health Day theme. Mental health awareness and education, along with access to high quality mental health resources are essential. While prioritizing mental health requires the investment of time and resources, it is an investment that will pay dividends.

In honor of World Mental Health Day, here are a few ways you can invest in your mental health:

  • Complete a Mental Health Screening from Mental Health America or the NFL Life Line.
  • Use your mental health benefits through your insurance or through your EAP.
  • Develop your mental health literacy by learning the signs and symptoms of illness.
  • Try a new app (Headspace, Calm, and Breathe2Relax) to enhance your skills in managing stress.
  • Practice gratitude by taking a few short minutes to reflect on three things you are grateful for.
  • Disconnect from your devices to give yourself a break from the 24-hour news and social media cycle.
  • Maintain meaningful connections through intentional engagement with friends and loved ones.

Recognizing today as World Mental Health Day reminds us to take an intentional approach to building positive mental health. Your willingness to make this investment will prove valuable not just on this day, but year-round.