Have you heard what Elmo said on X? On Monday, January 29th, Elmo tweeted, “Elmo is just checking in! How is everybody doing?” And the responses were not exactly what the Sesame Street icon expected.
Tens of thousands of people responded to Elmo, unloading their struggles and telling Elmo how they are truly feeling. At first, it may seem funny, but stories like this show how serious the mental health crisis is in the United States.
The reaction was so impactful that some of Elmo’s friends even responded. Ernie remarked, “if you ever need some cheering up, let me know! I love making others smile.”
Bert added, “I’m here if you ever need a shoulder to lean on. I’ll make us both a cup of warm tea.” And various other friends joined in with their heartfelt messages.
The Rise in Mental Health Conversations
The Elmo mental health wave didn’t happen overnight. Pop culture is playing an important role in raising awareness about mental health. Other famous figures such as Megan Thee Stallion, Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, and Selena Gomez have emerged as influential advocates for mental health. Storylines in popular TV shows and movies are also trying to normalize and destigmatize conversations around this topic.
By including mental health topics in popular entertainment, pop culture has managed to connect with a diverse audience. Viewers now relate more to stories and characters that mirror everyday struggles.
Celebrities and public figures are getting real about their mental health battles, opening up the conversation and urging fans to reach out for help. Check out our blog, Breaking the Stigma: Celebrities Open Up About Mental Health, to dig into their personal stories.
Elmo has brought a lot of attention to emotional wellbeing. CNN reported that, once the ironic and dark humor cleared, something amazing happened. People thanked Elmo and friends for talking about what it's like to feel safe and understood during a scary and confusing time.
The Benefits of Having Good Friends
Having strong, trustworthy relationships with others is a great mental health tool. Having someone to talk to is so important. Good friends are good for your health. According to Business Today, good friends can
- Increase your sense of belonging and purpose
- Enhance your joy and lessen anxiety
- Enhance your belief in yourself and your value
- Assist you in dealing with difficult experiences, like separation, severe illness, unemployment, or the passing of a dear one
- Motivate you to modify or steer clear of detrimental habits, like excessive alcohol consumption or a sedentary lifestyle.
I hope the Elmo trend isn't just an online craze and is a real sign of people being more open about mental health. Whether you're into Elmo or not, you can't deny that this little red dude is spreading some good vibes and inclusivity.
We Can Help
At Acenda Integrated Health, we seek to create those spaces, and make you feel as safe as Sesame Street does. Our goal is always to to help you move forward and provide the support you need on your mental health journey.
Acenda provides over 100 life-enhancing programs and services to individuals, families, and communities throughout New Jersey. If you or someone in your life is struggling, do not be afraid to ask for help. We are here to help you.
To schedule an appointment or enroll in one of our programs/services,
please call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 x9500)
About the author:
Mariana Heyel, Communications Coordinator at Acenda, is a South Jersey native who ventured to the University of South Carolina for her undergraduate degree, where she studied Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management, with a Minor in Environmental Studies. With a passion for live music, traveling around the world, and the pursuit of knowledge, she embraces the importance of mental health in her life.