This past year presented so many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never imagined, and many of us struggled with our mental health as a result. The good news is there are tools and resources available to support the well-being of individuals and communities.

We need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health concerns. That’s why this Mental Health Month,
TOGETHER AZ is highlighting #Tools2Thrive — what individuals can do throughout their daily lives to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and continue to cope with the obstacles of COVID-19.

Throughout the pandemic, many people who had never experienced mental health challenges found themselves struggling for the first time. We know the past year forced many to accept tough situations they had little to no control over. If you found that it impacted your mental health, you aren’t alone. In fact, of the almost half a million individuals who took the anxiety screening at, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. However, there are practical tools that can help improve your mental health. We are focused on managing anger and frustration, recognizing when trauma may be affecting your mental health, challenging negative thinking patterns, and making time to take care of yourself.

It’s important to remember working on your mental health and finding tools that help you thrive takes time. Change won’t happen overnight. By focusing on small changes, you can move through the stressors of the past year and develop long-term strategies to support yourself on an ongoing basis.

A great starting point for anyone is to take a mental health screening at It’s a quick, free, and a confidential way for someone to assess their mental health and begin finding hope and healing.

TOGETHER AZ wants to remind everyone mental illnesses are real, and recovery is possible. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between life’s ups and downs and continue to cope with the challenges brought on by the pandemic. For more information, visit