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Second Annual ‘Mental Health Action Day’ to Drive Culture of Mental Health from Awareness

Setting the theme of ‘Connection,’ Paramount Veterans Network and more than 1400 companies and organizations will drive calls to action to address the surge of loneliness and isolation felt by millions as a result of the pandemic

New York, NY -- Paramount Veterans Network announces today its participation in the second-annual Mental Health Action Day held on Thursday, May 19 with more than 1,400 other leading companies, brands, nonprofits and cultural leaders globally.

As the global conversation around mental health continues - including the White House's new unity agenda strategy to address mental health in the United States - finding effective resources and knowing how to get help remains a challenge. Convened by MTV Entertainment Group, Mental Health Action Day was created with an open-source model that has effectively united and galvanized brands, organizational leaders, and cultural leaders to seamlessly integrate the message and spirit into their existing branding and voice.

This year’s Mental Health Action Day theme, planned in partnership with TaskForce, is Connection as people of all ages continue to seek out ways to cope with loneliness stemming from the pandemic and turn to peer counseling to support their emotional wellbeing when struggling with isolation. We will encourage people to take their first steps towards mental health action — whether for themselves, for their loved ones or to advocate for systemic changes through a wide range of tools. Additionally, this year MTV has piloted a new partnership model, Mental Health Action Champions, that empowers interested partners and provides them with the freedom to innovate, manage, and customize a sector-specific strategy powered by Mental Health Action Day.

Paramount Veterans Network: Will be taking the lead on engaging and organizing the veteran community and bringing Mental Health Action Day to them as a compliment to Military Appreciation Month with a veteran-centric approach by holding events on destigmatizing mental health and providing tips to how to take action to support themselves and the veteran community at-large.

“Mental health is a cause that has affected our communities constantly. It is a battle we address daily and a fight we will continue to tackle,” said Betty Diaz, Director of Programs and Operations, Paramount Veterans Network “We are honored to be a champion for the second annual Mental Health Action Day and look forward to working with hundreds of VSO’s to change the narrative on the stigma of mental health and shift into action. There are nearly 8 billion people in the world, if we each take one action a day to support at least one person, we have done our jobs.”

“The last two years have brought to light mental health challenges and made it easier to talk about them – but there is still so much work to do to help people take actions to address them,” said Erika Soto Lamb, Vice President of Social Impact Strategy at MTV Entertainment Group. “That’s why the second Mental Health Action Day will focus on connection by providing leaders with resources to encourage and empower people to take action and those struggling with mental health and isolation with the tools they need to improve their emotional wellbeing.”

Partners will encourage people to take their first steps towards mental health action — whether for themselves, for their loved ones or to advocate for systemic changes. Free resources and tools, such as an employer toolkit and platforms for hosting and organizing events, are available for organizations and groups to help support their audiences through a myriad of ways - from starting a meditation practice to learning how to support a friend to advocating for change.

Additional participants and more information about how each partner will activate on May 19 will be forthcoming. More on Mental Health Action Day and a current list of partners can be found at

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