April 14, 2020Articles » Ohio’s Strive for 5 Challenge

Strive for 5
Ohio Launches “Strive for 5” Challenge Aimed at Reaching out to 5 People a Day During the COVID-19 Crisis
As Ohioans begin week five at home amid the coronavirus crisis, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) today joined with Governor Mike DeWine, Recovery Ohio, and local behavioral health partners to launch “Strive for 5” — a new, statewide awareness campaign to help individuals and families cope with feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation by connecting with others.
The campaign, which will be unveiled as part of OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss’ “Mental Health Monday” video on social media, encourages all Ohioans to reach out, connect and comfort each other while we all work our way through the COVID-19 crisis and physical distancing.
The challenge is simple: individuals find five people in their life who they will check-in with via phone, email, chat, social media, video, etc., during each of the next 30-days. The state has made a variety of social media messages and other campaign resources available at:OHSTRIVE5.org, or by sending an email request to: creativeservicesteam@mha.ohio.gov. Use the hashtag #OHStrive5.
The Strive for 5 Challenge was developed by the New York Coalition for Behavioral Health and brought to Ohio by the Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services Board of Lorain County. Read the full media release.