Discover NIMH: National Women's Health Week; World Schizophrenia Awareness Day

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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. 


National Women's Health Week is May 14-20

May 14-20 is National Women's Health Week. Mental disorders can affect women and men differently. Some disorders, like depression and anxiety, are more common in women, and certain disorders, like perinatal depression, are unique to women. 

For National Women's Health Week, learn about women and mental health on our health topic page and download free brochures. You can also find brochures en español

Depression in Women: 5 Things You Should Know

Depression in Women: 5 Things You Should Know

This brochure provides information about depression in women including signs and symptoms, types of depression unique to women, treatment options, and how to find help.

En español: La depresión en las mujeres: 5 cosas que usted debe saber

Perinatal Depression

This brochure provides information about perinatal depression, including how it differs from the “baby blues,” causes, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and how you or a loved one can get help.

En español: Depresión perinatal

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World Schizophrenia Awareness Day 

May 24 is World Schizophrenia Awareness Day. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality, which causes significant distress for the individual, their family members, and friends. However, effective treatments are available.

For Schizophrenia Awareness Day, find statistics and more information on the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments on our health topic page, download our brochures, and share resources and graphics with your community.  

Join us today: Facebook Live: Understanding Schizophrenia  

NIMH is hosting a Facebook Live event on schizophrenia today, 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.

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Understanding Psychosis

Understanding Psychosis fact sheet

This fact sheet presents information on psychosis including causes, signs and symptoms, treatment, and resources for help.

En español: Cómo comprender qué es la psicosis

National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day

May 11 is National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day. As people age, they may go through changes that affect their mental health, such as coping with a serious illness or losing a loved one. Although many people will adjust to these changes, some will feel sad, stressed, or lonely. If these feelings persist, they can lead to mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety.

Mental health is important at every stage of life. Effective treatment options are available to help older adults manage their mental health and improve their quality of life. 

Learn more about the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments on our health topic page. Watch a recording of our Mental Health and Older Adults Facebook Live event.


Depression cover: diverse group of illustrated figures looking in various directions

This brochure provides information about depression including the different types of depression, signs and symptoms, how it is diagnosed, treatment options, and how to find help for yourself or a loved one.

En español: Depresión

Virtual Event: The 6th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium

Join the National Council on Aging for a free virtual event on May 11, 2023 on the latest tools and information for older adults in your community. This event is co-sponsored with the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Register online

Clinical Trials Day 

May 20 is Clinical Trials Day. Clinical research is critical to understanding and treating mental illnesses. At the heart of clinical research are clinical trials, research studies that evaluate how a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention works in people. 

If you're interested in participating in an NIMH clinical trial at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, learn more at Join a Study

Clinical Trials videos

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NIMH offers a series of brief, informative videos for the public that explore topics such as the different types of clinical research, informed consent, and the risks and benefits of participating in a clinical trial. Watch and share these videos to learn more about clinical trial participation. 


Borderline Personality Disorder 

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

What is Telemental Health? 

Telemental health fact sheet

This fact sheet provides information about telemental health services, including potential benefits and drawbacks of this kind of care and factors to consider when looking for a provider.

En español: ¿Qué es la telesalud mental?


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Clinical Trial Opportunities

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