Discover NIMH: Eating Disorders Awareness Week; American Heart Month

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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. 


Eating Disorders Awareness Week

February 22-28, 2021 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. 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. Additional resources are also available en español

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

Let's Talk About Eating Disorders

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

Eating disorders are medical illnesses

Eating disorders are medical illnesses. Genetic and environmental factors can influence eating disorders. An eating disorder is not a trend or a choice. Learn more at #shareNIMH

Eating disorders can affect anyone

Eating disorders do not discriminate. They affect people of all ages, races and ethnicities, and genders. Learn more at #shareNIMH

It is possible to recover from an eating disorder

It is possible to recover from an eating disorder. Complete recovery is possible with treatment and time. Learn more at #shareNIMH

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. Stress is the physical or mental response to an external cause, such as having a lot of homework or having an illness. Stress can cause reactions such as high blood pressure and rapid heart rate, which could contribute to heart disease. For American Heart Month, learn more about managing stress and anxiety and tips for coping before stress affects your health. 

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Love yourself too! If you’re struggling emotionally or have concerns about your mental health, you’re not alone. There are ways to get help. Start by visiting #shareNIMH #HeartMonth

¡Ámate a ti mismo también! Si usted o alguien que conoce tiene una enfermedad mental, problemas emocionales o inquietudes sobre sus salud mental, existen formas de obtener ayuda. #shareNIMH #HeartMonth

Event Recording: Managing Stress and Anxiety

NIMH conducted a livestream event on managing stress and anxiety. Krystal Lewis, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist at NIMH, discussed coping techniques on how to maintain your mental health during the pandemic and when to get professional help. 

Dr. Lewis and sign language interpreter during the livestream event


New Spanish Resources 

NIMH offers information on mental disorders and related topics in Spanish for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public. Printed materials, including new resources on seasonal affective disorder and building a stress catcher, can be ordered free of charge at

Seasonal affective disorder message in Spanish

El trastorno afectivo estacional, un tipo de depresión que va y viene con las estaciones, generalmente comienza a fines del otoño y principios del invierno y desaparece durante la primavera y el verano. Aprenda sobre los signos, los síntomas y los tratamientos:

La vida puede resultar desafiante y es importante que los niños desarrollen estrategias para lidiar con el estrés o la ansiedad. Este “comecocos de papel” ofrece estrategias que los niños pueden practicar para controlar el estrés y otras emociones difíciles.

Spanish language instructions for making a stress catcher

New Resources Now Available in Print

NIMH offers brochures and fact sheets on mental health disorders and related topics for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public. NIMH has several newly-printed materials that can be ordered free of charge.

Cover images for PTSD, 5 Things, and I'm So Stressed Out brochures

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