Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Each May, the National Council and our 3,100+ members take part in Mental Health Awareness Month. This is a national movement to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Throughout the year, we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental health and substance use challenges. Help us spread the word through awareness, support and advocacy. Join your voice with millions of Americans dedicated to the same North Star, recovery. In support of this we share the following resources:

Facts & Figures

Here is some helpful information about mental health and substance use in America:

Observance Graphics
Social Media Messaging

Feel free to use this messaging across your social media channels:

  • May is #MentalHealthMonth! Use a GIF to tell us how you take care of your mental health.
  • This #MentalHealthMonth, I promise to do at least one thing for my mental health!
  • May is #MentalHealthMonth! We’ve all been through a lot lately. As we persevere, let’s find joy in making our mental health a priority. What makes you happy?
  • Prioritize your mental health during #MentalHealthMonth by taking a few minutes each day for yourself – a 5-minute meditation or walk around the block.
  • #MentalHealthMonth impacts everyone. Here are a few ways you can support mental health equity in the workplace from @mhfirstaidusa: Minority Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Commit to action during #MentalHealthMonth by joining us for #HillDayAtHome on June 8! Raise your voice, connect with peers and advocate for the key issues: Hill Day
  • This #MentalHealthMonth, let’s take action! Recognize #MentalHealthActionDay on May 19 with @MTV or take a @mentalhealthfirstaidusa course to learn how to help others in need.
Mental Wellbeing Resources

Publications available to you:

Explore the following resources available to you:

Take action in support of mental health and substance use policy:

  • Hill Day at Home 2022 – Join us virtually on Wednesday, June 8.  You will experience an afternoon of advocacy, gain insight into Congress and the Biden Administrations’ mental health and substance use agendas.  You can also discover new tips and techniques for educating your elected officials about the needs of our field
  • Be an Advocate – Urge your elected officials to bolster support for mental health and substance use programs and organizations
  • Advocacy Handbook – Take advantage of these tips, techniques and templates for becoming a mental health and substance use treatment advocate in your community
  • Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) – Learn about CCBHCs and their role in expanding access to mental health and substance use services

Follow us on social media to stay informed:

Mental Health First Aid Resources
Other Resources

Here are some additional resources you can use this month:

National Awareness Month

To learn more about the recognition of May as a National Awareness Month, read this Presidential proclamation.

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