Mental Health Month - Raising Mental Health Awareness
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Mental Health Month

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.

May is Mental Health Month 2019

Caring for your mental health goes beyond things like practicing mindfullness, talking to your therapist or taking medicine. In order to take care of our whole self, we must focus on ways in which all aspects of our life come to impact our overall mood and well-being. For many, it can be hard to recognize the subtle ways that our day-to-day functions can affect these areas and the small ways they can be improved. That's why in 2019, MHA will build upon the success of our 2018 #4Mind4Body campaign which focused on the mind-body connection, as we explore the topics of animal companionship (including pets and support animals), spirituality, humor, work-life balance, and recreation as a way of helping all of us understand the need to address our mental health in all aspects of our lives. 

We chose these topics because of their relevance to every individual's mental wellbeing – and because they may be of extra importance to those who are living with chronic physical illnesses. This year's theme compliments the topic of our 2019 Annual Conference Dueling Diagnoses: Mental Health and Chronic Conditions in Childrens and Adults where we will be discussing the impact and intersection of chronic conditions and mental health. 

2018 Toolkit

When we talk about health, we can’t just focus on heart health, or liver health, or brain health, and not whole health. You have to see the whole person, and make use of the tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together. In 2018, our May is Mental Health Month theme was Fitness #4Mind4Body. We focused on what we as individuals can do to be fit for our own futures – no matter where we happen to be on our own personal journeys to health and wellness – and, most especially, before Stage 4.

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Visit to see what people did for our #4Mind4Body Challenge in 2018!

Download the 2018 toolkit here.

2017 Toolkit

In 2017 Mental Health America offered educational materials, tools, references, and more to help people decide – is this particular behavior a risky behavior for me or for someone I love? And if it is, what can I do about it before it harms me or someone else? Some of this year’s materials may make you just a little uncomfortable, because we’ll be talking about some things that are often left unsaid. 

Download the 2017 toolkit here.

2016 Toolkit

How does it feel to live with a mental illness? That (#mentalillnessfeelslike) is what we focused on during Mental Health Month in 2016. B4Stage4 means, in part, talking about what mental illnesses feel like, and then acting on that information. It means giving voice to feelings and fears, and to hopes and dreams. It means empowering people as agents of their own recovery. And it means changing the trajectories of our own lives for the better, and helping those we love change theirs.

Download the 2016 toolkit here.

Discover what people say mental illness feels like.

2015 Toolkit

In 2015, we chose “B4Stage4” as our Mental Health Month theme. Here’s why. Mental health concerns are no different from any other physical health concerns. They should be thought about and treated the same way – long before they reach Stage 4. We’re offering a range of materials, strategies, and resources to bring healthy, B4Stage4 thinking to life.

Download the 2015 toolkit here.

2014 Toolkit

The 2014 Mental Health Month theme, Mind Your Health  was designed to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and its preventative factors and benefits for mind and body and to build a broad public recognition around the role of mental health to overall health.

Download the entire toolkit in a zipped folder.

2013 Toolkit

For 2013 Mental Health America’s toolkit used the theme Pathways to Wellness, which was a call to action for Americans to identify strategies that work for themselves individually to attain better overall health status. This theme can be used in conjunction with information about programs and services available through local affiliates.

Download the Media Materials

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