Discover NIMH: Eating Disorders and Brain Awareness Week

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Help raise awareness about mental disorders and the importance of mental health research by sharing the free education and outreach materials in this Discover NIMH e-newsletter and on our Education and Awareness web page with your community. We encourage you to use the hashtag #shareNIMH to connect with people and organizations with similar goals. 

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

February 23 - February 29: Eating disorders are serious medical illnesses marked by severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. These disorders can affect a person’s physical and mental health; in some cases, they can be life-threatening. But eating disorders can be treated. Download shareable resources and find information about eating disorders to start a dialogue with people in your community. 

The way we talk about eating disorders matters. Use these facts to help shape the conversation around eating disorders. Learn more at #NEDAwareness #shareNIMH

Lets Talk About Eating Disorders

This infographic is also available in Spanish

Spanish language version of Lets Talk About Eating Disorders

Share information about eating disorders with your community en español

Brain Awareness Week

The Teen Brain: 7 Things You Should Know

March 16 - March 22: Many adults who have mental disorders had symptoms that were present but not recognized or addressed in childhood and adolescence. For a young person with symptoms of a mental disorder, the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it can be. For Brain Awareness Week, NIMH has updated The Teen Brain: 7 Things to Know fact sheet. 

Did you know that big and important changes are happening in the brain during adolescence? Here are 7 things you should know about the teen brain: #BrainAwarenessWeek #shareNIMH

Share videos about puberty and the brain

The difference between puberty and adolescence 

Katherine Reding, PhD

What is the difference between puberty and adolescence? NIMH Research Fellow Katherine Reding, Ph.D. explains. Watch this brief video to learn more: #shareNIMH 

Sex hormones and the risk of mental illness in adolescents

Shau-Ming Wei, PhD

Understanding normal development of the teen brain can help us better understand why and how sex hormones affect teens at risk for developing mental illness. Learn more: #shareNIMH

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