Discover NIMH: Mental Health Awareness Month; Women's Health Week

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Discover NIMH is a newsletter from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to help community advocates and health professionals raise awareness about mental disorders and the importance of mental health research. Find free education and outreach materials in this newsletter and on our Education and Awareness portal to share with your community. We encourage you to use the hashtag #shareNIMH to connect with people and organizations with similar goals. 



May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. Join NIMH in the national movement to raise awareness and educate the public about resources and support for people living with mental illness. 

For Mental Health Awareness Month, find additional information about a variety of health topics to share with people in your community. You can also download and share social media graphics and messages from the Education and Awareness section on a selection of topics, including new resources on depression and anxiety

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you are in crisis and need immediate help, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24/7/365 #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #MentalHealthMonth #shareNIMH

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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

May 3-9 is Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental health is an important part of overall health for children as well as adults. For a young person with symptoms of a mental disorder, the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it can be. Early treatment can help prevent more severe, lasting problems as a child grows up.

Find more information about child and adolescent mental health, and download resources and graphics to share with your community. 

Childrens Mental Health

Children and Mental Health

If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, where do you begin? Start by talking with your child’s teacher or ask your family health care provider for a referral to a mental health care provider who focuses on children. Read more here:  #shareNIMH

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Discover NIMH: Diagnosis and Treatment in Children and Adolescents

It can be challenging to diagnose mental disorders in children and adolescents. Learn more about NIMH research on the relationship between behavioral and emotional changes and the brain. #shareNIMH 

National Women's Health Week

May 10-16 is National Women's Health Week. Mental disorders can affect women and men differently. Some disorders, like depression and anxiety, are more common in women, and certain disorders like perinatal depression, are unique to women. 

For National Women's Health Week, find more information about mental disorders specific to women on our health topic page or download brochures that may be relevant to women. 

Depression in Women

Certain types of depression are unique to women. Here are 5 things you should know about depression in women: #shareNIMH #NWHW


Perinatal depression brochure


Some women are at greater risk of developing perinatal depression. Family members and friends may be the first to recognize symptoms of depression in a new or expecting mother. Learn more about risk factors and causes: #PPD #shareNIMH



Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month

May is also Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is an illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behavior. BPD has historically been viewed as difficult to treat. But, with newer, evidence-based treatment, many people with the disorder experience fewer or less severe symptoms and improved quality of life.

For Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month, find statistics and more information on the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments on our health topic page or download our brochure


Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behavior. Learn more by downloading or ordering free copies of NIMH's BPD brochure: #BPDAwarenessMonth #shareNIMH

People with Borderline Personality Disorder may experience mood swings and may display uncertainty about how they see themselves and their role in the world. Know the signs and symptoms: #shareNIMH #BPDAwarenessMonth

Borderline graphic


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Get Excited About the Brain! 

Looking for free, educational activities to help keep your child busy and learning while at home? This printable coloring and activity book for children ages 8-12 features exciting facts about the human brain and mental health. #shareNIMH

Understanding Psychosis Fact Sheet

Psychosis can affect people from all walks of life. Psychosis often begins when a person is in his or her late teens to mid-twenties. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of psychosis: #shareNIMH

Understanding Psychosis fact sheet


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