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For Immediate Release

Mental Health IS Health

Easterseals Michigan Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month with OwnAwareness Campaign

Auburn Hills, Michigan, April 28, 2022

Media Contact:
Craig Sharum

Emily Moran

Mental health disabilities are common in the United States. Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental health disability (52.9 million in 2020). One in six U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health condition, like anxiety or depression. But only half receive any mental health services.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and mental health is an incredibly important part of overall health.

To increase awareness and bust the stigma around mental health, Easterseals Michigan has created the Mental Health IS Health campaign. Our campaign focuses on the week of May 9 to serve as a Mental Health Awareness Week. Following is a calendar of events that are already taking place; however, we encourage you and your team/family/group/etc. to get creative for what works for your team building activity!

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May 9: Mindfulness Monday

The Blue Cross Virtual Wellbeing Team from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network is hosting a guided meditation beginning at 12:00 p.m. This 30-minute meditation will put you at ease and be nothing short of fun.

To participate in the Mindfulness Monday GoTo Webinar, register in advance at: bit.ly/3uKVIkH
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May 10: Take-A-Walk-Tuesday

Join Cindy and Marissa from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network – Blue Cross Virtual Wellbeing Team for a 30-minute walk. At 12:30 p.m. connect with nature, explore mindfulness, and learn how to improve your overall well-being.

For screen and sound via teams on mobile device app: bit.ly/3DhAXRd
Or call in (audio only): +1 313-314-1414, 102839572#


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May 11: Wind-Down Wednesday

Easterseals Michigan has the honor to be the Nonprofit of the Night at the Detroit Tigers game on Wednesday, May 11. Our Mental Health IS Health Campaign will be featured throughout the night.

On May 11, simply text ESMI to phone number 56651. Follow the prompts to make and complete your donation. (All donations made on this day only will be matched, up to $10,000, by the Benoit Family).

For every $1,000 raised for Easterseals Michigan, you and your organization can receive 10 tickets to attend the game with Easterseals Michigan. If you are interested in more information, please email Linda Kozinowski at lkozianowski@essmichigan.org as we have a limited number of tickets available.

First pitch is slotted for 7:10 p.m.

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May 12: Team-Building Thursday

Connect with a friend or co-worker in person, host a team-building activity or check out ideas in our free 40+ page resource guide. This guide has exercise suggestions, self-care ideas, financial wellness tips, yummy recipes, and more!

To view the resource guide, visit: www.EastersealsMichigan.com

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May 13: Fitness Friday

With P.volve – at your desk or wherever you are, workout with us! Join their fabulous trainer Zach for a 30-minute Strength + Sculpt class. No equipment is needed, equipment is optional.

Join us at 12:30 p.m. EST on zoom at: zoom.us/j/93566951887
Meeting ID: 935 6695 1887

Special thanks to all our amazing sponsors and partners who made this campaign possible!

Main Campaign Sponsor: EOTECH

Resource Guide Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network and Blue Cross Complete of Michigan

Power of Good Sponsor: Amway

Financial Sponsor: LoVasco Consulting Group

Additional Sponsors include: Gaco Sourcing, p.volve, VTC Insurance, David & Jean Benoit, and Jim & Lee Uhlig

Design: HunchFree

With the help of our amazing sponsors and partners, we were able to distribute 400 Mental Health IS Health Tool Kits into the community. The FREE tool kits included self-care gifts, an insert that outlined the Mental Health Awareness Week, and a printed copy of our 40+ page resource guide.

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 Mental Health IS Health Toolkit - outisde design  Mental Health IS Helath Toolkits - inside contents (free self care items, resource guide and insert)

We are also offering a free and anonymous mental health screening that can be found on our website (www.EastersealsMichigan.com). A quick screening is a great first step in identifying a need for services. Give yourself a check from the neck-up!

For more information about this campaign please visit, https://www.easterseals.com/michigan/get-involved/mental-health-is-health-1.html

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