Discover NIMH: National Minority Mental Health Month; HIV Testing 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. 


July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed in July to draw attention to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face when dealing with mental illnesses in the United States.

Director's Message

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Read a message from NIMH Director Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. on persistent mental health disparities experienced by Black Americans and what NIMH is doing to try to reach the goal of true mental health equity.

Spanish-language resources

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

NIMH offers brochures and fact sheets on mental disorders and related topics for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public. Printed materials can be ordered free of charge. Brochures and fact sheets are also offered in digital formats and are available in English and Spanish.

El trastorno bipolar en los niños y los adolescentes

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Este folleto ofrece información sobre el trastorno bipolar en los niños y los adolescentes, incluyendo causas, síntomas, diagnóstico, opciones de tratamiento y cómo ayudar y apoyar a un niño o adolescente que tenga este trastorno.

This brochure provides information about bipolar disorder in children and teens, including its causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and how to help and support a child or teen who has bipolar disorder.

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el suicidio

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Este folleto ofrece información sobre el suicidio, incluyendo factores de riesgo, síntomas y signos de advertencia, terapias y otras opciones de tratamiento, dónde encontrar ayuda para usted o para otros, e investigaciones sobre el suicidio y la prevención del suicidio.

This brochure provides information about suicide, including risk factors, symptoms and warning signs, treatment options and therapies, how to find help for yourself or others, and research about suicide and suicide prevention.

Join the conversation

Use the social media message below to help educate your community about the importance of improving access to mental health care for racial, ethnic, and other minority populations.

The earlier treatment begins, the more effective it is. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, risk factors, and treatments for mental disorders at #shareNIMH

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National HIV Testing Day is June 27

National HIV Testing Day is observed on June 27 to emphasize and raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing, especially for those at increased risk of getting or transmitting HIV. The theme for 2023 is “Take the Test & Take the Next Step,” which encourages people to learn their HIV status so they can choose options to stay healthy.

Living with a serious illness or condition, such as HIV, can affect a person’s mental health. Learn more about HIV/AIDS and Mental Health and Caring for Your Mental Health.

Get information about HIV testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Panic Disorder: The Symptoms

This short video provides information about panic disorder, which can affect your quality of life and lead to difficulties at work or school. The good news is panic disorder is treatable. Learn more about the symptoms of panic disorder and how to find help in Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms

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NIH Virtual Tour

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is excited to share the launch of the new NIH Virtual Tour! This dynamic, interactive tour showcases the depth and breadth of NIH’s important work and aims to help the public learn more about NIH and the ways we work to help all people live healthier lives.

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Learn More

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Clinical Trial Opportunities

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Science News

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Mental Health Information