McDonald’s Introduces The Meal for Mental Health Awareness in Place of Happy Meal

From Happy Meals to Mental Health Advocacy: How Companies and Communities are Tackling Mental Health Challenges

In the United Kingdom, McDonald’s has rebranded its Happy Meal as “The Meal” in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week. The fast-food chain has removed the smile from the box to encourage conversations about children’s emotions. Meanwhile, New Jersey law enforcement and mental health professionals are working together to increase funding for the ARRIVE Together Program in the 2025 budget. This program pairs police officers with mental health professionals to better address mental health needs in the community, Governor Murphy announced.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs through Sunday and is recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, various organizations offer resources and ways to learn, act, and advocate for mental health. National hotlines are also available online for individuals experiencing a crisis. New Jersey is ranked as one of the top states for happiness and mental health according to Soliant Health, a healthcare staffing agency.

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