Discover NIMH: Mental Health Awareness Month Special Issue

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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 in 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. 


May is National Mental Health Awareness Month!

In his Proclamation on National Mental Health Awareness Month, President Biden recognized the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and addressed the need to expand suicide prevention and increase access to mental health and crisis care. The proclamation calls on citizens, government agencies, private businesses, non-profits, and others to take action to strengthen the mental health of our communities and our Nation.

At the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), we are excited to join the national movement that raises awareness about mental health. Throughout the month, we'll focus on sharing information about caring for your mental health, suicide prevention, and mental health and COVID-19. 

We hope you'll join us and use these resources and suggested messages—this month and every month of the year—to help spread the word about mental health.


Digital Shareables and Social Media Messages

The following are some social media messages you can share to be part of the online conversation for mental health month. You can find social media cards and messages on a variety of mental health topics such as anxiety, depression, and coping with COVID-19 on our digital shareables page. 

Sample messages:

Mental illnesses are common in the U.S., but estimates suggest only half of people with mental illnesses receive treatment. If you or someone you know has a mental illness, learn how to get help: #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #shareNIMH

A woman having a virtual therapy session with a provider on a tablet

Your mental health matters. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Good mental health helps you cope with stress and can improve your quality of life. Get tips and resources from NIMH to help take care of your mental health. Visit #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #shareNIMH

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#MentalHealthAwarenessMonth is a good time to check in with yourself. Do you need help with your mental health? If you don't know where to start, this infographic may help guide you. #shareNIMH

This fact sheet presents information about how to assess your mental health and determine if you need help

Health Information and Free Brochures

Check out our health topic pages to learn more about a variety of disorders such as anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. 

ADHD, Understanding Psychosis, and PTSD brochures in a fan

Order free brochures and fact sheets on mental health and related topics for patients and their families and your community. These materials are also offered in digital formats and are available in English and Spanish.


Engage your community with our Mental Health Minute videos, a series of short, shareable videos on mental health topics such as stress, depression, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

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Got 60 seconds? Take a mental health minute to learn about stress and anxiety in adolescents. Learn more at: #shareNIMH #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

Additional Videos and Multimedia

Find additional shareable videos on various topics and populations in our multimedia section. 

Opening screenshot from Dr. Krystal Lewis video on GREAT

Do you need help feeling GREAT? Get Helpful Practices to Manage Stress and Anxiety. Learn more at #shareNIMH 


Mental Health and COVID-19

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Just like people who are immunocompromised or have cancer, people with some mental illnesses are at a high risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Learn more at #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

Suicide Prevention 

Warning Signs of Suicide infographic

Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. This #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, make sure you know the warning signs for suicide and how to get help.


Learn More

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Clinical Trial Opportunities

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Science News

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Mental Health Information