May is Mental Health Month 2016
by Leigh-Ann Renz, 5.18.16
May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949 in Washington. In 2016, members of Congress, federal agencies, and mental health advocates across the nation are teaming up to promote awareness, offer resources, and reduce stigma.
“During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well.
Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real. Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well." - President Obama
The week of May 18th focuses on Veterans + the military. Military Mental Health Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) & Thomas Rooney (R-FL), will co-host a briefing and panel discussion on Peer Support Specialists deployed in the VA system to help veterans navigate the behavioral health options available to them.
The week of May 26th highlights the Stamp Out Stigma Twitter chat. Join Stamp Out Stigma, the National Council, Aetna and other national organizations as they take to social media to explore how mental health effects everyone - and how each person can help end mental health stigma.
Check out the resources available to show your support - while this infographic is geared towards children, the solid principles work for adults as well: