Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and on Sept. 10, we observe World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a time to talk about issues relating to suicide prevention, promote resources and awareness, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

May 7th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and is observed each year to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and how vital positive mental health is to a child’s development.

Mental Health Month

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. We welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (National)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

In 2008, the US House of Representatives established July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This observance aims to improve access to mental health treatment and services for multicultural communities through increased public awareness. Visit the National Alliance for Mental Illness’ (NAMI) webpage to learn more and to get resources to take part in raising awareness in your community. Take action.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week) was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October. During this week, mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join to sponsor events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Examples of activities held during the week include art/music events, educational sessions provided by healthcare professionals, advertising campaigns, health fairs, movie nights, candlelight vigils, and benefit runs.

An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older—about one in four adults—are believed to be diagnosable with a mental illness in any given year. The numbers may be larger because stigma reduces reporting.  Not only are these adults affected by one mental illness; 45% of these adults meet criteria for two or more disorders.  These range from fairly common mood disorders to the much more serious anxiety and schizophrenia disorders. Among these, anxiety disorders were the most common, as some 40 million American adults ages 18 and older experience some form of anxiety disorder. Despite the large number of Americans affected by such disorders, stigma surrounding mental illness is a major barrier that prevents people from seeking the mental health treatment that they need. Programs during Mental Illness Awareness Week are designed to create community awareness and discussion in an effort to put an end to stigma and advocate for treatment and recovery.

Mental Illness Awareness Week coincides with similar organization campaigns in early October such as World Mental Health Day (World Federation for Mental Health), National Depression Screening Day[8](Screening for Mental Health), and National Day Without Stigma  (Active Minds).