Discover NIMH: Brain Awareness Week; World Bipolar Day

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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. 


Brain Awareness Week is March 14-20 

Brain Awareness Week is a nationwide effort to promote enthusiasm and support for brain science. Join NIMH and the National Museum of Health and Medicine on Saturday, March 19th for a virtual Brain Awareness Day program.

Check out NIMH's new Science Education section to find resources and activities created by NIMH to help you share the excitement of brain research with your community!

Your brain is an incredible and complex organ! It helps you think, learn, create, and feel emotions, and it controls every blink, breath, and heartbeat. Learn more about the parts of the brain and what each area helps control. #shareNIMH 

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The Teen Brain: 7 Things to Know

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This fact sheet outlines how a teenager’s brain grows, matures, and adapts to the world. It also presents information on the teen brain’s resiliency, vulnerability to stress and mental health conditions, and sleep patterns in teens.

En español: El cerebro de los adolescentes: 7 cosas que usted debe saber

I'm So Stressed Out! Fact Sheet

Cover of Im 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. 

En español: ¡Estoy tan estresado! hoja informativa

Get Excited About the Brain! Coloring and Activity Book

Cover of Get Excited About the Brain! coloring book

This science education activity book for children ages 8-12 years old helps them learn facts about the brain through games and puzzles about brain science and research. 

Download the PDF or order your free print copy today! 

En español: ¡El emocionante mundo del cerebro!

World Bipolar Day is March 30

For World Bipolar Day, find information about bipolar disorder and additional publications to share with people in your community. You can also download and share social media graphics and messages from the Bipolar Disorder Digital Shareables page. 

Bipolar Disorder in Teens and Young Adults: Know the Signs infographic

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, marked by episodes of mania and depression. Know the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder in teens and young adults: #shareNIMH

En español: Trastorno bipolar en adolescentes y adultos jóvenes


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Teens: What You Need to Know

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This brochure provides information about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens including symptoms, how it's diagnosed, causes, treatment options, and helpful resources.




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