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.
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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: https://bit.ly/3u5dEV0
- 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: https://bit.ly/3u5dEV0
- 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:
- Self-care: Take Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19
- How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
- How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19
- Tips to Help Teens Cope During COVID-19
Check out our latest blog posts for mental health tips and resources:
- ALGEE: How MHFA Helps You Respond in Crisis and Non-crisis Situations
- Supporting the Black Community as a Mental Health First Aider
- How to Ask Your Boss for a Mental Health Day
- The Sunday Blues: A Guide to Help You Understand and Overcome Them
Follow us on social media for the latest news and updates:
- Mental Health First Aid USA on Facebook
- Mental Health First Aid (@MHFirstAidUSA) on Twitter
- Mental Health First Aid (@MHFirstAidUSA) on Instagram
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National Council Resources
We have several resources to help you this month:
- Mental Health First Aid – Get trained today!
- COVID-19 Resource Directory – Explore our directory for tools and information
- Mental Health First Aid Blog – Learn how to stay healthy and help others
- BH365 Blog – Get the latest thought leadership, tips and best practices
- National Council TV – Visit our virtual learning directory for new resources
- YouTube – Watch our videos to learn more about mental health
- Upcoming webinars – Learn from our subject matter experts
- Interest Groups – Learn more about mental health in select populations
Take advantage of these other valuable resources: