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The National Council Proudly Supports Mental Health Month

On behalf of the mental health and substance use treatment organizations we support across the country, we are proud to recognize Mental Health Month in May and support behavioral health care all year long. We hope these resources will help you now and in the future!

Mental Health Facts & Figures

Here are some data points you can use to speak to the scope of mental health:

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.
  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year.
  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.

Mental Health Month Across the Country

On April 30th, 2021, the Biden administration released “A Proclamation on National Mental Health Awareness Month,” recognizing May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In addition, 34 states have released similar proclamations, declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month statewide. A number of proclamations highlight the importance of mental health awareness programs, and a need for evidence-based trainings such as Mental Health First Aid.

Mental Health Month Across the Country

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Sample Social Media Messaging

Need help with your social media messaging? Feel free to use the following:


  • Happy #MentalHealthMonth! Use a GIF to tell us how you take care of your mental health.
  • This #MentalHealthMonth I promise to: (Describe one thing you will try to do for your mental health in May)
  • Have you ever considered taking a mental health day? Celebrate #MentalHealthMonth with a little “me” time! Use these tips when asking your boss:


  • Happy Mental Health Month! We’ve all been through a lot lately. As we continue to persevere, let’s find joy in making our mental health a priority. What makes you happy?
  • Celebrate Mental Health Month by taking a few minutes each day for yourself. Whether it’s a 5-minute meditation or walk around the block, be sure to prioritize your mental health.
  • Finish this sentence: I take care of my mental health by: (Describe an activity and attach a supporting graphic or GIF)
  • Have you thought about taking a mental health day? Celebrate Mental Health Month with a little “me” time! Use these tips when asking your boss:


  • For Mental Health Month, share images that highlight how you feel, or how you manage your mental health. Example: A photo of you with your coffee on a sunny morning. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MentalHealthMonth!

#BeTheDifference with Mental Health First Aid

Learn how you can help yourself and someone in need during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Check out our latest blog posts for mental health tips and resources:

Follow us on social media for the latest news and updates:

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National Council Resources

We have several resources to help you this month:

Other Resources

Take advantage of these other valuable resources: