Mental health messaging toolkit during COVID-19
Connection is one of the most important things for our mental well-being and staying connected during the pandemic is one of the greatest challenges. Mental health and well-being are also crucial to overall health. As we approach the start of the pandemic’s third year, it is even more important for Minnesotans to take time to focus on mental well-being.
The #StayConnectedMN is a four-week communication campaign with simple messages and tips on how to support mental health and well-being. The self-guided toolkit is easy to use, with messages and ready-made posts that apply to most audiences.
Who can use #StayConnectedMN?
All organizations are invited to use the toolkit. Service organizations, non-profits, businesses, local health departments, faith-based organizations, or schools can all join in. MDH began sharing messages on social media on Feb. 1, 2022, though your organization can use this toolkit at any time.
What is included?
Each week has a theme, key messages, one email with resource links, and three to four quick posts to use. Content can be shared through email, social media, or in meetings; you can share messages with clients, partners, employees, congregants, friends, or neighbors. You can use these posts as they are, or edit and adapt them to suit your own needs.
- Week 1: Build casual connections
- Week 2: Foster closer connections
- Week 3: Create community
- Week 4: Know how to find help and support
Download the #StayConnectedMN Toolkit (PDF) -- English.
Download the #StayConnectedMN Toolkit (PDF) -- Chinese.
Download the #StayConnectedMN Toolkit (PDF) -- Hmong.
Download the #StayConnectedMN Toolkit (PDF) -- Karen.
Download the #StayConnectedMN Toolkit (PDF) -- Somali.
Download the #StayConnectedMN Toolkit (PDF) -- Spanish.
Download the #StayConnectedMN Toolkit (PDF) -- Vietnamese.
Word version StayConnectedMn Toolkit (Word) -- English
Mental Health Awareness Month 2022
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. There are many ways to get involved and learn more about mental health. These #StayConnected resources were created for teachers, faith leaders, and all community members to use to show support and bring awareness to mental health. You can show support in many ways including at home and at your workplace. Here are some resources you can use to get involved as an ally:
- Learn how to talk about mental health and suicide in a safe way through the Safe Messaging around Suicide (PDF).
- Connect with your community through social media using the Social Media Guide for Mental Health Awareness Month (Word)
- Gain helpful information on how to support a co-worker living with mental health issues using the guide Supporting a Co-worker Living with Mental Health Issues (Word)
- Use one of the messaging toolkits to spread the word:
You can find more resources to help bring awareness to mental health at the Minnesota Department of Health’s Mental Health Community Tools.