20 May 2021

Mental Health Action Day

While more people than ever before are comfortable discussing mental health, many fall through the cracks in the space between awareness and action – particularly those who have been marginalized or underserved by existing institutions.

That is why a coalition of nonprofits, brands and influential leaders are coming together to launch the first-ever Mental Health Action Day that will drive our culture from awareness to action. This moment will provide the tangible tools that will help us all take an action for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community.
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CAN MH Lanka
Press statement

For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 20, 2021

More than 1,300+ organisations, brands, government agencies and cultural leaders join together for the first-ever Mental Health Action Day

The largest cross-sector effort to shift from mental health awareness to mental health action organised in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing trauma of systemic racism

Learn more at www.MentalHealthActionDay.org

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA – Today, more than 1,300 organisations, brands, government agencies and cultural leaders including Consumer Action Network Mental Health Lanka (CAN MH Lanka) and its partner organizations will participate in the inaugural Mental Health Action Day to drive the conversation from mental health awareness to mental health action. Convened by MTV Entertainment Group, Mental Health Action Day is an open-source movement aimed at motivating people to take action to get mental health support — whether for themselves, their loved ones or for everyone by advocating for systemic changes for mental health access and equity.

Mental Health Action Day comes at a critical time. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on the mental health and well-being of women, men, young people, children and marginalised communities. Studies have found:
  • Four in 10 adults have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, compared to 1 in 10 before the pandemic.
  • Fifty-six per cent of young adults ages 18-24 reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depression during the pandemic.
  • 48% of Black people reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the pandemic versus 42% of all adults and 40.9% of white people.
Disadvantaged communities, who have experienced disparate impacts of COVID-19 and the ongoing economic and social trauma, are also facing greater mental health challenges than ever before but continue to face challenges accessing mental health care.

The cross-sector collaboration calling attention to the great need for support and action to address mental health in the same way in which we treat physical health needs is groundbreaking. From media and tech companies to nonprofits, consumer brands, government agencies and cultural leaders, the actions today are only the beginning. Coalition partners will host a series of activations ranging from public events featuring experts and activists to employee engagement activities, all with the goal of encouraging and empowering people to take an initial action, whether for themselves or others, to support their mental health needs.

CAN MH Lanka and its partners also kicking off a series of actions, including community awareness campaign, training programmes, empowerment of persons with mental health problems and advocacy for eradicating stigma and discrimination.

The statement made by CAN MH Lanka and its partners attached below.


About Mental Health Action Day
Mental Health Action Day is an open-source movement of brands, organisations, government agencies, and cultural leaders to drive culture from mental health awareness to mental health action. The first Mental Health Action Day will take place on May 20, 2021, with a mission to encourage and empower people to take their first actions on mental health -- whether for themselves, for their loved ones or for their communities, because mental health is health.
Learn more at MentalHealthIsHealth.us
Submitted on 24.05.2021 to the Minister of Health

Statement by partner organizations and individuals

Mental Health Action Day Statement

There is a considerable need for accessible, low-cost and quality mental health service options, including psychotherapy, rehabilitation and counselling services. Especially adolescents and young adults need proper guidance and support as they have a greater risk for experiencing adverse mental health or substance abuse consequences.

මානසික සෞඛ්‍ය ක්‍රියාකාරී දින ප්‍රකාශය

මනෝචිකිත්සාව, පුනරුත්ථාපනය සහ උපදේශන සේවා ඇතුළුව ප්‍රවේශ විය හැකි, අඩු වියදම් සහ ගුණාත්මක මානසික සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා විකල්ප සඳහා සැලකිය යුතු අවශ්‍යතාවයක් පවතී. විශේෂයෙන් නව යොවුන් වියේ පසුවන පුද්ගලයන් අහිතකර මානසික සෞඛ්‍ය පුරුදු හෝ මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය අනිසි භාවිතයේ ප්‍රතිවිපාක අත්විඳීමේ වැඩි අවදානමක් ඇති බැවින් ඔවුන්ට නිසි මග පෙන්වීමක් සහ සහාය ලබා දීම අවශ්‍ය වේ.

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Lasanthi Daskon


Vanee Surendranathan

Disability Advocate

Kalaivaani Rajasegaran

Clinical and Counselling Psychology Student

Asanga Perera

Disability Advocate

Manjula Sandanayake

Community Psychiatric Nurse


Community Worker

Supriya Ramanathan

Disability Advocate