Discover NIMH: Mental Health Awareness Month; Bipolar Disorder Awareness 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. 

What you'll find in this issue of Discover NIMH: 


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is as important as physical health, and creating a safe and supportive environment for everyone to thrive is vital. Each May, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) supports the national movement to raise and promote awareness about mental health.

Educating ourselves and others on the realities of mental health challenges can break down the stigma and create a more supportive environment for those who need it.

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

Help raise awareness about mental health in your community!

Facebook Live: Understanding Schizophrenia

In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month in May, NIMH is hosting a Facebook Live event on schizophrenia on May 4 from 1:00–1:30 p.m. ET. 

No registration is required for this free event. Watch the live event on NIMH’s Facebook page.

Facebook Live: Mental Health Awareness Month: Understanding Schizophrenia

Digital Toolkit for Mental Health Awareness Month

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During Mental Health Awareness Month, be a part of the conversation about mental illness and raise awareness about NIMH resources related to mental health.

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. 

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

Covers of Panic Disorder, Understanding Psychosis, and ADHD brochures

Videos and Multimedia

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

May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month

May is also Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness that severely impacts a person’s ability to regulate emotions. This loss of emotional control can increase impulsivity, affect how a person feels about themselves, and negatively impact their relationships with others.

For Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month, find statistics and more information on the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments on our health topic page, download our brochure, and share resources and graphics with your community.  

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Borderline Personality Disorder

This brochure presents information on borderline personality disorder, including signs and symptoms, causes, diagnosis, co-occurring illnesses, treatment options, and resources to find help for yourself or others.

En español: Trastorno límite de la personalidad



May 11: National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

May 11 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Mental health is an important part of overall health for children and adults. For a young person with symptoms of a mental disorder, the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it can be. Early treatment can help prevent more severe, lasting problems as a child grows up.

Find more information about child and adolescent mental health, and download resources and graphics to share with your community. 

Children and Mental Health: Is This Just a Stage?

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Download a free fact sheet with information on children’s mental health, including assessing your child’s behavior, when to seek help, first steps for parents, treatment options, and factors to consider when choosing a mental health professional. 


Women Leading Mental Health Research: Dr. Kiara Alvarez

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.

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For Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, we're highlighting Kiara Alvarez, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Alvarez's NIMH-funded research focuses on youth suicide prevention, particularly on how families and communities can work together to reduce suicidal ideation and behavior among Latinx and immigrant youth.

Learn more about Dr. Alvarez 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. 

Science News Videos

Watch and share short, easy-to-digest videos about recent exciting news and research breakthroughs from NIMH-supported researchers. 

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Watch videos on recent scientific news, including How an Algorithm Saves Lives, How Race, Income Affect School Discipline, How Feeding Strategies Influence Eating Disorders, and more. 

Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Clinical Trial Opportunities

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Mental Health Information