Discover NIMH: August is Back to School Month

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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. 


August is Back to School Month

Getting ready to go back to school - whether in person or virtual - can be daunting. Share these resources from NIMH to help parents, teachers, caregivers, and students navigate this stressful time and focus on overall mental well-being. 

Resources on child and adolescent mental health: 

NIMH Instagram Event: Back to School — Coping with the Pandemic and Re-Entry Stress

Spread the word and join NIMH for our first Instagram live event on August 24! NIMH expert Dr. Krystal Lewis will discuss causes or triggers of stress and share coping techniques to help reduce anxiety and improve the transition back to school. Learn more at

Instagram Back to School Event on August 24


Teen Depression 

Share this infographic on social media to help teens recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, and recognize when they might need to reach out to a trusted adult for more help. 

Being a teenager can be tough, but it shouldn’t feel hopeless. Check your symptoms and find out what you can do if you think you might have depression. Learn more at #shareNIMH

Teen depression infographic

Mental Health Minute: Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder

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Got 60 seconds? Take a mental health minute and watch this video to learn about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Learn more at #shareNIMH

Children and Mental Health: Is This Just a Stage?

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Mental disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, depression, and other mood disorders can begin in childhood.  Without treatment, these conditions can prevent children from reaching their full potential. 

This fact sheet includes information on children’s mental health, such as assessing your child’s behavior, when to seek help, treatment options, and factors to consider when choosing a mental health professional. #shareNIMH

Free Educational Coloring Books for Children Ages 8-12

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These science education activity books are a fun way to introduce children to brain science and research, and coping with stress. 

Download or order free copies of Get Excited About the Brain! This coloring book is also available en español

Download or order free copies of Stand Up to Stress!


I'm So Stressed Out! Fact Sheet

I'm So Stressed Out! Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides information on the differences and similarities between stress and anxiety, why it's important to manage stress and anxiety, and tips for coping. The fact sheet also includes additional resources and information about when it might be time to talk to a professional. 


NIMH offers Spanish-language digital shareables and information on a variety of mental disorders and related topics in Spanish for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public. 

Chronic illness brochure cover in Spanish

Las enfermedades crónicas y la salud mental: Cómo reconocer y tratar la depresión


Este folleto brinda información sobre la depresión y la salud mental en las personas que padecen enfermedades crónicas, incluyendo en niños y adolescentes. #shareNIMH

This brochure provides information about depression and mental health in people with chronic illnesses, including children and adolescents. 

¿Qué es la telesalud mental?

Esta hoja informativa ofrece información sobre los servicios de telesalud mental, incluidas las posibles ventajas y desventajas de este tipo de atención, y los factores que se deben considerar al momento de buscar un proveedor. #shareNIMH

This fact sheet provides information about telemental health services, including potential benefits and drawbacks of this kind of care and factors to consider when looking for a provider.

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