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Mental Health Month
May is Mental Health Month 2018
The working theme for May is Mental Health Month in 2018 is Whole Body Mental Health. Information will focus on increasing understanding of how the body's various systems impact mental health based on recent research. From food to fitness to gut flora, we will be diving into the elements that make up personal wellness. Topics will include:
- The connection between gut bacteria/flora and mental health;
- The role of inflammation in the development of mental health disorders;
- The preventative and recovery promoting aspects of physical activity; and
- How nutrition and food can affect mental performance and mood.
Check this page again in mid-March 2018 for MHA's May is Mental Health Month Toolkit.
May is Mental Health Month 2017
In 2017 May is Mental Health Month, MHA addressed Risky Business. We believe it's important to educate people about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. These include risk factors such as risky sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use, and troublesome exercise patterns. We hope the tools and resources that we've put together help individuals and communities to raise awareness of the risks that these types of behaviors present—especially to young people—and help people who may be struggling to detect early warning signs and seek help early, before Stage 4.
Learn more about Risky Business
By using the toolkit materials, you will help members of your community:
- Understand how certain seemingly common behaviors are risk factors for, or indicators of mental health or substance use disorders;
- Start talking about mental health Before Stage 4;
- Assess their own mental health through use of MHA's screening tools; and
- Share their perceptions of when a behavior becomes risky, learn about the perceptions of others, and learn about accepted guidelines for when a behavior becomes indicative of a mental health or substance use disorder by taking the "What's Too Far"" quiz.
This year's toolkit includes:
- Key Messages
- Sample Press Release
- Drop-In Article
- May is Mental Health Month Proclamation
Social Media and Web Components
- Sample Facebook and Twitter Posts
- Facebook Profile and Cover Images
- Twitter Profile and Header Images
- Additional Image for Sharing
- "What's Too Far?" Quiz Call to Action Image
- Horizontal Banner Image
- Vertical Banner Image
Fact Sheets and Other Handouts
- Fact Sheet - Risky Business: Marijuana
- Fact Sheet - Risky Business: Prescription Drug Misuse
- Fact Sheet - Risky Business: Exercise
- Fact Sheet - Risky Business: Sex
- Fact Sheet - Risky Business: Compulsive Buying
- Fact Sheet - Risky Business: Internet Addiction
- May is Mental Health Month Wellness Tips Poster
- Worksheet: Filling the Void
- Worksheet: A Letter to Risky Business
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to address mental illness Before Stage 4.
Complete the form and when you hit "submit," you'll be taken to the page where you can download materials. Please bookmark the download page so that you can return as much as you'd like without having to re-submit the form.
Mental Health America's May is Mental Health Month Campaign has been generously supported by:
Download the 2016 toolkit here.
Discover what people say mental illness feels like.
Download the 2015 toolkit here.
Download the entire toolkit in a zipped folder.