Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949.
Each year organizations reach millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings. Mental Health Awareness Month was started in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization. Each year in mid-March Mental Health America releases a toolkit of materials to guide preparation for outreach activities during Mental Health Awareness Month. During the month of May, Mental Health America, its affiliates, and other organizations interested in mental health conduct a number of activities which are based on a different theme each year.
Its purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about: mental illnesses, such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder; the realities of living with these conditions; and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. It also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illnesses. Additionally, Mental Health Awareness Month strives to reduce the stigma (negative attitudes and misconceptions) that surrounds mental illnesses.
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Fact Sheets & Tools
These downloadable tools can be used to understand how certain seemingly common behaviors are risk factors for, or indicators of mental health or substance use disorders. Use these to assess your own mental health or start the dialogue with someone you love.
Materials provided by Mental Health America