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May is Mental Health Month

May 1, 2015
by Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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National organizations are launching programs for Mental Health Month today, offering everything from tools and apps to events and awareness campaigns.

Mental Health America (MHA) is marking the event with the one-year anniversary of its online screening tools. To date, almost 350,000 screens have been taken for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder—almost 1,000 screens per day. This year, MHA will launch three additional screens for alcohol and substance use, youth (ages 11-17), and parents who are concerned about their children’s mental health.

 “When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them,” says Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of MHA. “We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention. So why don’t we do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness?”

MHA launched a new video on the Stage 4 program and has developed a downloadable toolkit that includes fact sheets, adaptable media materials, sample social media posts and infographics. 

Other organizations also have plans this month:

  • SAMHSA has events scheduled for May 7, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is joining forces with consumer-product manufacturer philosophy to launch the StigmaFree campaign, and last week launched an app called AIR to support those with a mental health concern and their families.