Launched in 1949 by Mental Health America (MHA), May is Mental Health Month is the most highly recognized mental health awareness event in the nation. Each year, tens of thousands of organizations choose to use our official May is Mental Health Month materials. The materials reach millions of people with messages of health, wellness, prevention, and recovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help.
MHA’s public education efforts are possible because of passionate mental health advocates like you, and we are so grateful for your support. Through research, advocacy, and outreach, we have educated, informed, and reached millions of individuals in our 111-year history.
MHA's toolkits will include sample materials for communications and social media as well as printable handouts on various topics such as:
After the last two years of pandemic living, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being.
This year, the theme of MHA’s 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit is "Back to Basics." Our goal is to provide foundational knowledge about mental health & mental health conditions and information about what people can do if their mental health is a cause for concern.
Mental Health America’s 2022 Mental Health Month toolkit provides free, practical resources to introduce mental health topics like recognizing warning signs, knowing the factors that can lead to mental health conditions, maintaining mental wellness, and seeking help for mental health. This year’s toolkit includes Media Materials, Social Media Promotional Materials, Mental Health Fact Sheets, Mental Health Posters, Outreach Ideas, and more! Download today for FREE!
Each May, MHA-M promotes Mental Health Month along with other local and national organizations such as the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) to raise awareness about mental health and to reduce stigma. This year Mental Health Month’s theme is “Tools 2 Thrive” provides practical tools that individuals can use daily to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and better cope with the challenges of COVID-19.
“I am excited to celebrate Mental Health Month. We all face challenges that can impact our mental health. This month is a perfect time to learn how to improve your mental health and increase your resiliency,” said Alabama Commissioner of Mental Health, Kimberly Boswell.
It is critical to have tools to support ourselves and others, when faced with challenges. We encourage individuals to explore the Mental Health America toolkit which provides important tips and information called Tools2Thrive: Adapting After Trauma and Stress, Processing Big Changes, Getting Out of Thinking Traps, Radical Acceptance, Taking Time for Yourself, and Dealing with Anger and Frustration.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, focus on improving our mental health like we focus on our physical health. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing. One way to check in with yourself is to take a screening at www.mhascreening.org. It is a quick, free, and private way for someone to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental problems. With effective treatment, all individuals with mental illness, even serious mental illness, can make progress toward recovery and lead full productive lives.
We invite mental health providers and partners, and business, civic and faith-based communities to join in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care and talk about, share the toolkit and conduct awareness activities in their local communities.
For more information on Mental Health Awareness Month, please contact the Office of Public Information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-242-3417.
At Mental Health America, we have found thousands of people during these last few weeks who are newly fighting anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. We have connected with tens of thousands of people to COVID-19 resources to help them thrive during challenging times. As a result, we are seeing every day that it is possible to feel productive and even happy, and to thrive despite huge challenges. Every American should have access to free mental health screening and resources whenever they need them.
We launched the #MillionInMay initiative this May to raise awareness about mental health and help people get the treatment and support they need. 119,373 people have taken a screen this May. This is an increase of nearly 100% over last month. But with your help, we can reach #MillionInMay!
Help us help another million people in the coming weeks to take a free, anonymous mental health screening at www.mhascreening.org and get linked to resources, like our toolkit, that they need to thrive. We encourage everyone to take a screen and then post about it on social media using the hashtag #MillionInMay.
Our screening program has already helped millions of people. Can we make it one million more?
This May, 70 landmarks across the nation will be lit in green, the color of mental health awareness, to mark the beginning of Mental Health Month and encourage the public to take a mental health screening.
Mental Health America (MHA) started the first mental health awareness observance in 1949, when the organization was then known as the National Association for Mental Health. Today the purpose of Mental Health Month is to raise awareness, educate the public about mental health conditions, encourage screening, and reduce the stigma that surrounds these conditions. One in five Americans will experience a mental health condition in a given year, and half of Americans will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. It is important that those experiencing early symptoms of a mental health condition know what to look for, and get screened.
Members of the public are asked to post photos of landmarks lighting up green on social media with the hashtags #MentalHealthMonth and #MHM2022.
Watch out for green colored buildings in your area this month! In the Montgomery, AL area, we will have 3 green colored buildings presented in downtown. See if your town or city is on the list.
It's time to let your mind move you!
During the entire month of May, run, walk, or roll with us to inspire conversations about mental health and fundraise for IDONTMIND and Mental Health America. Boost your mental health with every step you take, and help us say IDONTMIND in a big way!
Register to run a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon anytime during Mental Health Month. It’s completely virtual. That means wherever you are, you can run with us. All abilities are encouraged. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or looking for new ways to work movement into your life, all abilities are welcome and encouraged. Run, walk, or roll with us – whatever works for you.
Registration is free, and fundraising is encouraged! We’re raising $40,000 for mental health resources from IDONTMIND and Mental Health America. Make a donation or start your own fundraiser today!
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