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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 2017

MHA will tie this year’s Mental Health Month theme to the content of its 2017 Annual Conference: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll. The MHM campaign is titled Risky Business, and will educate the public on habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or are signs of mental health problems themselves. These include such diverse risk factors such as risky sex, recreational drug use, internet/gaming addiction, excessive spending, disordered eating and activity behaviors.

The intent behind this theme is to raise awareness of the risks that these types of behaviors present—especially to young people—to help individuals detect these early warning signs, and to provide resources for prevention and early intervention.

The complete 2017 MHM toolkit will be released in mid-March 2017 and posted on this page for organizations to download and use to raise awareness in May (and throughout the year). It will include a suite of multimedia tools including fact sheets, infographics, posters, a tips calendar, social media share-ables, sample press releases, and more.

Stayed tuned for more details, and thank you for your ongoing commitment to address mental illness Before Stage 4.


2016 Toolkit

Download the 2016 toolkit here.

Discover what people say mental illness feels like.

2015 Toolkit

Download the 2015 toolkit here.

2014 Toolkit

Download the entire toolkit in a zipped folder.

2013 Toolkit

Download the Media Materials

Download the Fact Sheets,

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