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May Mental Health Month & Observances

Mental Health Month

#mhm2021 #4Mind4Body #Tools2Thrive

Mental Health Month is a yearly observance in May that aims to reduce stigma, raise awareness, and educate the public about mental illnesses. It also aims to bring attention to suicide, which can be brought on by some mental illnesses. While 20 percent of Americans will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, almost everyone faces challenges that can impact their mental health. Toolkits are available through MHA and NAMI (listed below) that can assist you in planning activities to observe the month.


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week May 2-8, 2021

#CMHAW21 #FlipTheScript

This week seeks to raise awareness and end stigma and discrimination about mental health in children and youth.


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 8, 2021

#CMHAd21 #ChildrensMentalHealthMatters

This day shines a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health. Positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.


4th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium, May 6, 2021

Public health practitioners, professionals in the aging network, mental health providers, health care professionals, and anyone interested in ensuring the mental health of older adults should attend the 4th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium free, a free virtual event on May 6, 2021.

The symposium is brought to you by NCOA, the U.S. Administration for Community Living, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Registration is free and will open in March.

This event aims to:

  • Raise awareness of older adults’ mental health needs
  • Promote evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery supports
  • Encourage collaboration between mental health and aging networks
  • Highlight where to seek services when needed

SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week May 9-15, 2021

#NPW2021 #PreventionHappensHere

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders. Each year, National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2021 daily themes will be added soon. The 2020 daily themes are below:


Updated February 24, 2020