Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental health awareness month is one full month each year dedicated to shining a spotlight on different mental health topics and encouraging conversations that support people.
This is an opportunity for companies to show their employees they care about their wellbeing and boost company culture. Below are some ideas to help you celebrate and support your team!
May 1st – May 31st
Mental health is an important topic to discuss because it affects one in five people worldwide. This includes depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD among other conditions.
This month is a great time to educate yourself on mental health and seek help if you feel like you or a loved one may be struggling. It’s also a great opportunity to share information with your community so that you can get them the help they need.
Mental health is a major contributor to a person’s overall well-being, and it can impact their physical health in many ways. It is a critical part of the prevention and treatment of chronic medical illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
May 2nd – May 5th
Mental health is a common issue that impacts all of us. It is estimated that 18-11% of people suffer from depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and they can often experience a range of symptoms.
When a person is suffering from these conditions, it can be hard to know how to talk about their feelings and emotions. This is why it is so important to make sure that the people in your life know that they are not alone and that mental health is a valid topic to discuss.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which raises awareness of mental illnesses and how to prevent them. It also helps to reduce the stigma that is associated with mental illness.
May 6th – May 10th
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental illness. The month is also a time to educate ourselves and others about how to care for our mental health.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 21% of the population experiences a mental illness.
President Joe Biden recognized the impact of COVID-19 on our nation’s mental health, stating that “the disease has affected everyone from young children to elderly adults. The disease also has made it more difficult for those with serious mental illnesses to get treatment.”
For more information, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website. There you can find blog posts, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.
May 11th – May 18th
Mental Health Awareness Month is an annual event that occurs each May. Originally founded by the Mental Health America organization, this month is designed to raise awareness about mental illness and reduce the stigma associated with it.
Each year, a different theme is chosen by the organization to highlight throughout the month. This year’s theme is “Back to Basics.”
The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 has only heightened the issue and sparked more discussion about mental health than ever before.
Mental health is an essential part of overall wellness, but it’s often overlooked and misunderstood. It’s important to talk openly about it. It’s also important to seek help when you feel it’s needed.
May 19th – May 25th
Mental health is often a neglected aspect of wellness, but it plays an important role in overall health. Untreated mental illnesses can lead to long-term physical health issues like heart disease and diabetes.
In the United States, about 50% of adults will be diagnosed with a mental illness or condition at some point in their lives. That’s over 52 million people, including countless youth.
For those who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color, the impact of mental health stigma can be especially harsh. It can prevent them from accessing treatment, or it can even be a barrier to recovery when they do seek help.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health is highlighting tools and resources to address this critical issue during National Mental Health Awareness Month in May.