Discover NIMH: PTSD Awareness Month; Men's Health Week

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Community Outreach

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. 


June is PTSD Awareness Month

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. 

Use the social media message and graphic below to educate your community about PTSD. 

Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. This includes veterans, children & people who have been through an accident, disaster, or other serious event. Learn more about the symptoms, causes & treatment for PTSD: #PTSDAwareness #shareNIMH

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Men's Health Week

Men's Health Week is June 10-16, 2020. Men with mental illnesses are less likely to receive mental health treatment and are more likely to die by suicide than women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recognizing the signs that you or someone you love may have a mental disorder is the first step toward getting treatment. 

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This #FathersDay, don’t forget about dad’s mental health! Men with mental illnesses are less likely to have received mental health treatment than women in the past year. Learn the warning signs: #MensHealth #shareNIMH

HIV Testing Day

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, an annual observance to encourage people to get tested for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). People living with HIV are at an increased risk of developing mood, anxiety, and cognitive disorders. These conditions may be treatable. Many people with mental health conditions recover completely. Knowing whether you have HIV can help you better manage your overall health and well-being. 

People living with HIV are twice as likely to have depression compared to those who are not infected with HIV. The good news is these conditions are treatable, and many people with #mentalhealth conditions recover: #shareNIMH



Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder 

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Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) is a condition in which children or adolescents experience ongoing irritability, anger, and frequent, intense temper outbursts. 

This fact sheet provides information about disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, including a description of the condition, signs and symptoms, how it is diagnosed, treatment options, and tips for parents and caregivers.

Stress Catcher

Life can get challenging sometimes, and it’s important for kids (and adults!) to develop strategies for coping with stress or anxiety. Share this free, downloadable stress catcher “fortune teller,” which offers some strategies children can practice and use to help manage stress and other difficult emotions.

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Mental Health Minute: Eating Disorders

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Got 60 seconds? Take a mental health minute to learn about eating disorders. For more information on eating disorders, visit: #ShareNIMH

New Spanish Language Resources

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NIMH offers basic information in Spanish on mental disorders and related topics for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public. Higher quantities of printed materials are available now and can be ordered free of charge at

Spanish language social media messages: 

  • ¿Sabía que hay cambios grandes e importantes que ocurren en el cerebro durante la adolescencia?  Aquí le indicamos 7 cosas que usted debe saber sobre el cerebro de los adolescentes: #shareNIMH
  • El trastorno bipolar es un trastorno mental que hace que las personas experimenten cambios evidentes, a veces extremos, en el estado de ánimo y el comportamiento. Aprende más en: #shareNIMH

NIMH Strategic Plan for Research

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NIMH is pleased to announce the release of the new Strategic Plan for Research. This plan provides a framework for advancing research priorities that support the Institute’s mission of transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.

Use these resources to help raise awareness about the plan and about NIMH’s efforts to improve treatment for people living with mental illnesses.



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