Discover NIMH: World Bipolar Day; Autism Awareness

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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 Get Involved web section to share with your community. We encourage you to use the hashtag #shareNIMH to connect with people and organizations with similar goals. 


World Bipolar Day is March 30

For World Bipolar Day, use information about bipolar disorder and statistics 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. 

People with bipolar disorder experience periods of unusually intense emotion, changes in sleep patterns and activity levels, and unusual behaviors. Learn about different types of bipolar disorder: #shareNIMH

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave. ASD is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. 

For Autism Awareness Month, find statistics and more information on signs, diagnosis, and interventions on our health topic page or download our brochure. You can also help raise awareness about autism by sharing social media messages and graphics based on the latest research.

Start the Conversation about Autism 

Help raise awareness about autism by sharing informational materials based on the latest research. #shareNIMH

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April is Minority Health Month

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NIMH offers información en español sobre la salud mental. This page contains links to NIMH resources in Spanish. It also includes links to health-related resources in Spanish from other trusted sources. 

NIMH offers digital shareables on a variety of topics in English and Spanish to help raise awareness about mental health. Print materials are free and available in bulk quantities for distribution.

Speaking Up About Mental Health Essay Contest

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Do you know a student aged 16-18 who is passionate about ending the stigma around #MentalHealth?

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) want to hear from them in this new essay challenge! Multiple cash prizes will be awarded.

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Teen Depression: More than just moodiness

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. #shareNIMH

En español: La depresión en los adolescentes: Algo más que mal genio

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

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Esta hoja informativa describe cómo el cerebro de los adolescentes crece, madura y se adapta al mundo. También presenta información sobre la resistencia del cerebro adolescente, la susceptibilidad al estrés, los problemas de salud mental, y los patrones de sueño en los adolescentes.

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 problems, and sleep patterns in teens.


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Clinical Trial Opportunities

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In the News

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Mental Health Information