May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. Each year millions face the reality of living with a mental illness. This month, Circle K International joins others in raising awareness about mental health and providing support to people living with this condition. 

Below are some facts and resources concerning mental health.   

Did you know?  

If you or someone you know suffers from a mental health condition or just needs someone to listen to, many great resources are available:  

Want to spread awareness at your school? 

Try one or more of these great projects to get your club involved: 

    • Write compliments or positive thoughts on sticky notes; mention that they are from the CKI. Post them on professor's doors or lecture rooms 
    • Random Acts of Kindness: Leave positive messages on dorm room doors, write thank-you notes or say hello to a new person 
    • Hope Garden: Plant a garden of yellow tulips at your university/college or in your community. Check out theyellowtulipproject.org/ to learn more about a Hope Garden that spreads positive messages and mental health awareness 
    • Hope Board: Pin the question “What are you hopeful for?” on a bulletin board. Place sticky notes and pens nearby and ask students to post their answers.   
    • Move every day to maintain a positive outlook. Try moving with a physical education teacher offering online classes at The BodyCoach TV. 
    • Organize an online book club. Read a book and connect online for discussion. Try Project Happiness Circles with book recommendations and discussion questions. 
    • Rewire your brain for happiness. Participate in the 21 Day Happiness Challenge. 
    • Practice these tips for staying mentally healthy 
    • Sign up for Yale’s popular Happiness Class currently available online for free.