Discover NIMH: PTSD Awareness Month; Men's Health Week

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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. 


June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can develop in individuals who have experienced a traumatic event. It can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Therapy, medication, and support networks can help individuals manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.

For PTSD Awareness Month, share statistics and information on the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments for PTSD using our health topic page or our brochures. Help raise awareness about PTSD by sharing information and graphics based on the latest research.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post traumatic stress disorder: Green and blue waves.

This brochure provides information about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including common signs and symptoms, causes, treatment options, and resources to find help for yourself or someone else.

En español: Trastorno por estrés postraumático

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Anyone can develop PTSD at any age, but recovery is possible. Learn the signs and symptoms at #PTSDAwarenessMonth

Post-traumatic stress disorder can interfere with daily life, but recovery is possible with treatment.

National Men's Health Week is June 12-18

Mental disorders affect men and women, but certain symptoms may be more common in men than women, and the course of illness can be affected by a person’s sex. Recognizing the signs that you or someone you love may have a mental illness is the first step toward getting treatment. 

Learn more on the men and mental health topic page and watch a Men's Health Magazine interview with NIMH Director Joshua A. Gordon, Ph.D.

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Depression affects a large number of men. But some men may be less likely to recognize, talk about, and seek treatment for depression. Throughout the month of June, learn more about the signs & symptoms of mental illness in men #MensHealthWeek #shareNIMH

Men and mental health. It's time to talk about it.

75th Anniversary Event: The Evolution of Mental Health Research

75th Anniversary Event: The Evolution of Mental Health Research

Starting in September 2023, NIMH will celebrate 75 years of transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses. Join us on September 13 for the inaugural “Evolution of Mental Health Research” symposium, which will highlight key advances in mental health research over the past 75 years.

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Juneteenth: 19 Days of Wellness

Join NIMH and 8 Changes for Racial Equity (8CRE, pronounced acre) in Juneteenth 2023: 19 Days of Wellness. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates June 19, 1865, when enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was declared by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.

NIMH and 8CRE encourage supporters to engage in activities that promote health and wellness over the first 19 days of June. 

Register for 19 Days of Wellness


Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Traumatic Events

Every year, children and adolescents experience disasters and other traumatic events. Family, friends, and trusted adults play an essential role in helping youth cope with these experiences. Share the Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Traumatic Events fact sheet, and our social media messages and graphics.

Helping children and adolescents cope with traumatic events

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.

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


Brochures in Spanish

El cerebro de los adolescentes: 7 cosas que usted debe saber

El cerebro de los adolescentes: 7 cosas que usted debe saber

Esta hoja informativa describe cómo el cerebro de los adolescentes crece, madura y se adapta al mundo. También presenta información sobre la resistencia del cerebro adolescente, la susceptibilidad al estrés, los problemas de salud mental y los patrones de sueño en los adolescentes.

In English: The Teen Brain: 7 Things to Know


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