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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Congress, SAMHSA Kick Off May is Mental Health Month

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Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month on Capitol Hill. This year, members of Congress, federal agencies and advocates across the country are once again teaming up to spread the word – and facts – about mental illness. Join the National Council for a full month of events, social media activities and more as we work to raise awareness of mental health in communities across the country.

“During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well,” said President Obama in his eighth and final presidential proclamation of Mental Health Awareness Month. “Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real.  Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well.


Celebrate Mental Health Month with us and keep track of events throughout the month!

  • May 5: National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Get the facts on children’s mental health the #HeroesofHope campaign. For more, check out this recap from Wednesday’s Children’s Mental Awareness Twitter Chat and tune in tonight at 7 PM ET and join SAMHSA and the National Council for a LIVE webcast to discuss improving access to mental health care for children, youth, young adults and families.
  • May 11: Children’s Mental Health Panel on Capitol Hill. Co-hosted by Congressional Mental Health Caucus Chair Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) and Congressman John Katko (R-NY), this event will highlight the impact of early identification and intervention of mental illness through school-based programs.
  • May 18: Veterans and Military Mental Health Week. Military Mental Health Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) & Thomas Rooney (R-FL), will co-host a briefing and panel discussion on Peer Support Specialists deployed in the VA system to help veterans navigate the behavioral health system.
  • May 26: Stamp Out Stigma Twitter Chat. Join Stamp Out Stigma, the National Council, Aetna and other national organizations as they engage on social media to discuss how mental health effects everyone and how each person can play a role in ending mental health stigma.
  • June 6-7: National Council Hill Day 2016. Add the ultimate exclamation point on a successful May is Mental Health Month by joining 600+ advocates on Capitol Hill fighting for mental health and addictions. Register here.

Join the National Council in spreading the word and important resources throughout Mental Health Month! Engage with us on Twitter (@nationalcouncil) or by using the hashtag #BH365. Be sure to let us know what you are doing to raise awareness of mental health in your community.