Discover NIMH: World AIDS Day; Seasonal Affective Disorder

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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 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. 


December 1 is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day brings together organizations and individuals to help end HIV and remember those lost to AIDS-related illnesses.

The theme for World AIDS Day 2022 is “Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV.” This year's focus encourages people to unite globally to eliminate the disparities and inequities that create barriers to HIV testing, prevention, and access to HIV care.


Suggested social media message: 

HIV stigma and discrimination affect the emotional well-being and mental health of people with HIV. This #WorldAIDSDay, help end stigma to improve the lives of people with HIV. Learn more at

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Seasonal Affective Disorder 

While many people feel less happy at times during cold, gloomy days during the winter, these “winter blues” are usually temporary. In contrast, some people may start to feel consistently “down” when the days get shorter in the fall and winter. This could be a sign of a type of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

To learn more, watch and share this livestream event on SAD.  

Share this infographic to help guide others on when to seek professional help.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: More Than the Winter Blues infographic

Looking at My Genes: What Can They Tell Me About My Mental Health?

Thanksgiving is often a time spent gathering with family. Your family health history may be one of your best clues for determining your risk of developing a mental disorder and many other common illnesses. This Thanksgiving, take the opportunity to talk to blood relatives to help you determine whether you are at a higher risk for certain disorders. 

Download the Fact Sheet

Looking at my Genes: What Can They Tell Me About My Mental Health?


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

Order Spanish Brochures

Consejos sobre cómo hablar con su proveedor de atención médica sobre su salud mental

Consejos sobre cómo hablar con su proveedor de atención médica sobre su salud mental

Esta hoja informativa brinda cinco consejos para ayudarlo a prepararse y guiarlo sobre cómo hablar con su médico u otro proveedor de atención médica sobre su salud mental y así aprovechar al máximo su visita.

This fact sheet provides five tips to help prepare and guide you on talking to a health care provider about your mental health and getting the most out of your visit.

Cómo ayudar a los niños y adolescentes a superar los acontecimientos catastróficos y otras experiencias traumáticas

Esta hoja informativa presenta información sobre cómo los niños y adolescentes responden a los acontecimientos traumáticos y qué pueden hacer la familia, los amigos y los adultos de confianza para ayudarles.

This fact sheet presents information on how children and adolescents respond to traumatic events and what family, friends, and trusted adults can do to help.

Cómo ayudar a los niños y adolescentes a superar los acontecimientos catastróficos

¡Estoy tan estresado! hoja informativa

I'm So Stressed Out fact sheet

Esta hoja informativa está dirigida a adolescentes y adultos jóvenes y presenta información sobre el estrés y la ansiedad, además de consejos para sobrellevar estos sentimientos cuando se sientan abrumados.

This fact sheet is intended for teens and young adults and presents information about stress, anxiety, and ways to cope when feeling overwhelmed.


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