Mental Health Awareness Week Activities

Mental Health Awareness Week Activities

During the week of May 13–17, 2024, families are invited to join schools in participating in the following activities promoting positive mental health wellness.

Mental health awareness week, Where to Start: Mental Health in a Changing World, May 13-15, with photo of the earth
Make Someone Smile

Theme: Acts of kindness may help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is up to each of us to be kind to one another, sharing a commitment to care for ourselves and those around us.

Activities: graphic art with text be kind

  • Today tell someone how special they are, how much you love them, or how much they mean to you.
  • Do something kind for someone you don’t know.
  • Make someone smile!

Discussion: What is one thing you can do kind for someone today, and how will it make you feel?

Take Action

Theme: If you are worried about your mental health or are worried about someone you know, there are resources and people out there who are willing to help.

Activities: graphic art with text let's talk

  • Think of two trusted adults you can go to if you need help.
  • Put their names down in a place you look at often (notebook, phone, tablet).
  • Learn about the Say Something app and considering downloading it to your phone

Discussion: Who would you go to if you or a loved one needed help? What is something you can say to someone who needs support?


Theme: Mental Health is essential to your overall health and quality of life. When you take care of yourself, your physical and emotional health improve.

Activities: graphic art with text inhale exhale

  • Take a walk.
  • Find something fun to do each week.
  • Do one thing each day that brings you happiness.
  • Unplug from social media for a day.
  • Take a couple of deep breaths when you are feeling stressed.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Discussion: What do you do to take care of yourself?  


Theme: Focusing on what you are thankful for can have a positive impact on our mental health.

graphic art with text thank you Activities:

  • Write a thank you card to someone who brings you happiness.
  • Send a thank you text to someone who has been kind to you.
  • Give a family member, loved one, friend or pet an extra long hug today and tell them how thankful you are for them.

Discussion: What are you thankful for? Who or what brings you happiness?


Theme: Having fun releases endorphins (natural chemicals in our body) to help relieve stress and promote a sense of well-being.

Activities: graphic art with text wear green

  • Be seen in GREEN to show others that you care about their mental health.
  • Do one fun thing today. Make sure to laugh!
  • For staff: Play music in your building over the loud speaker to start the day! Music can boost our mood and well-being.

Discussion: What is something you like to do for fun? What color represents mental health awareness?