The Best GIFs to Use for World Mental Health Day 2021

Last May, we launched the Mental Health Awareness GIPHY channel to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month and to celebrate partners and artists encouraging conversations on mental health through their content.

In honor of World Mental Health Day today, we’re revisiting that spirit and highlighting partners and commissioned artists who have used GIFs to elevate the conversation around mental health.

Here are three partners and artists doing the work on mental health awareness.

Into Action

Into Action’s collective of artists have created a diverse selection of GIFs for World Mental Health Day this year, from reminders to partake in self-care to calls to make mental health care a reality for all. They even have a Halloween-themed mental health GIF!

To see more, check out the official Into Action GIPHY channel here.

Ellis D

Ellis D is a Dutch illustrator and animator based in Amsterdam. In May, Ellis D was commissioned by GIPHY to create original content for Mental Health Awareness Month. Here’s what the Amsterdam-based artist said then:

“It’s still not as easy to talk about mental health as it is to talk about the weather. Why isn’t it? That’s why I combined weather-themed references with mental health-related imagery to give people tools to talk about their mental health more easily.”

For more of Ellis D’s work, visit their GIPHY channel here.

UNICEF — #OnMyMind campaign

UNICEF launched a mental health awareness campaign this week to tackle stigma and promote positive conversations, which includes a series of stickers created by participants in the Voices of Youth Mediathon program.

These stickers, created with the support of GIPHY Studios, are part of UNICEF’s mission to call for “commitment, communication, and action as part of a comprehensive approach to promote good mental health for every child.”

These stickers were developed by Lily Paez, a fifteen-year-old artist from the Philippines, Zin Nwe, a 21-year-old illustrator based in Myanmar, Natalia Nawrocka, a 18-year-old artist from Poland, and Ishleen Kaur, a 21-year-old graphic designer from India. The work of other young artists who participated in this project will be published later this year to elevate the voices of young people and celebrate children's rights around the world.

You can find more stickers from the #OnMyMind campaign on UNICEF’s official GIPHY channel here.

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