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02nd Feb 2024

Elmo kicks off 2024 with the greatest mental health reminder

Jody Coffey


Elmo loves you!

For many of us, we remember Elmo as the red little muppet who lived on Sesame Street.

In his high-pitched adorable voice, he would often speak about himself in the third person.

Elmo and his friends are known for keeping toddlers and children entertained, however, in an unexpected crossover, he is now being championed by older generations as being a pillar of mental and emotional health.

It all started with a simple question, one we may often forget to ask each other when life gets busy.

“Elmo is just checking in! How is everybody doing?” the X post reads.

What was posted as a seemingly standard and maybe unimportant question soon became a viral moment.

Thousands of users took the opportunity to answer Elmo’s question honestly, sparking a wider discussion about our mental health.

Many of the responses came from users who are struggling, with candid omissions about the challenges felt in their daily lives.

Meanwhile, others used humour to describe the response to Elmo’s viral tweet.

It’s not often that a beloved character from a children’s entertainment show starts such a movement, so while the thread was trending, important organisations seized the opportunity to reach out and potentially save a person’s life.

A range of mental health services entered the thread to provide their details for those who may need them.

Following on from the tweet, Elmo’s account shared a message of importance: ask people how they are doing.

How are you doing?

We hope you know that help is always available.

If you or someone you know is struggling, Pieta House have a Free 24/7 Crisis helpline at 1800 247 247 or you can Text HELP to 51444.

Samaritans services are also available 24 hours a day, for confidential, non-judgmental support by Freephone on 116 123 or email [email protected]