Discover NIMH: Autism Awareness Month; National Minority Health 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 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. 


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, download our brochure, find statistics, and learn more about signs, diagnosing ASD, and interventions on our health topic page. You can also help raise awareness about autism by sharing social media messages and graphics based on the latest research.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

This brochure presents information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, diagnosis in children, teens, and adults, and treatments.

En español: Trastornos del espectro autista

Digital Toolkit for Autism Awareness Month

During National Autism Awareness Month, help NIMH raise awareness and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder by sharing our informational materials and social media messages on the latest research.

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Many people are not diagnosed with autism until later childhood or adolescence. Know the signs. Learn more at #AutismAwarenessMonth #shareNIMH

Autism Awareness Month Events

A Portrait of Autism: Artists and Their Works

On April 14, NIMH and the Office of Autism Research Coordination are hosting their 10th Annual Autism Awareness Month Special Event, A Portrait of Autism: Artists and Their Works. The event will feature 4 artists discussing their experiences as autistic individuals have shaped their artistic expression. The event will include a sampling of their artwork and a Q&A with the artists.

A Portrait of Autism: Artists and Their Works

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Full Committee Meeting (Virtual)

Interested in learning more about issues related to autism spectrum disorder research and services activities? Attend the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's open public meeting on Tuesday, April 4.  

This will be a virtual event and accessible to the public through NIH VideoCast.


April is National Minority Health Month 

Every year, NIMH observes National Minority Health Month to help bring attention to health disparities, including mental health disparities, that continue to affect people from racial and ethnic minority groups. Take action by helping educate the public about the importance of improving access to mental health care for racial, ethnic, and other minority populations.  

Visit Información en español sobre la salud mental for links to NIMH information and resources in Spanish. This page also includes links to health-related resources in Spanish from other trusted sources. 

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Did you know NIMH offers mental health information in Spanish?

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

Women Leading Mental Health Research: Dr. Victoria O'Keefe

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NIMH highlights women who are early-career scientists conducting NIMH-funded research that plays a role in advancing our mission of transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.

For National Minority Health Month, we're highlighting Dr. Victoria O’Keefe, a Cherokee Nation citizen and Seminole Nation tribal member, whose research focuses on culturally-informed suicide prevention, mental health promotion, and wellness among Indigenous communities.

Learn more about Dr. O'Keefe and several other exceptional women conducting mental health research, why their work is important, and their advice for young girls and women interested in pursuing a career in mental health research. 


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