May Mental Health Awareness Month
What is May Mental Health Awareness Month?
Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when advocates and activists across the country draw attention to the mental health issues that affect as many as one in four Americans. Today, more people die from suicide in the United States than from traffic accidents or homicides, and we lose 22 veterans to suicide daily.
Unfortunately, because of the stigma associated with mental illness, many people are too ashamed or embarrassed to seek the help they need for themselves or their loved ones. National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time when we work together to break through that stigma. We express compassion for those who struggle with mental health issues, and we draw attention to the proven methods that can help change their lives for the better.
Full Calendar of Congressional Events for May Mental Health Awareness Month 2019:
- Wednesday, May 1 - May Mental Health Month Congressional Members and Mental Health Advocates Photo Dear Colleague Letter:
- Thursday, May 9 - Let's Improve Medication Choices for Medicare Beneficiaries with Depression Dear Colleague Letter:
- Wednesday, May 15 - The Decarceration of Transition Age Youth with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Mental Disorders Dear Colleague Letter:
- Tuesday, May 21 - A Look at Mental Health Access and Protections at the Local Level Dear Colleague Letter:
- Wednesday, May 22 - Examining the Benefits of Mental Health Services in Schools Dear Colleague Letter:
Join the conversation and spread the word on Twitter by following me at @gracenapolitano. Also, please use the official Mental Health Awareness Month hashtag #mhm2019 to participate.
Materials related to these events will be posted online, and recorded videos for some events will be available online following the events. Please continue to check this web page for updates.