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Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. That is why in May, hundreds of organizations across the country are raising awareness of mental health. Inspire others to raise awareness and take part in sharing information, resources and support for mental health conditions.

We invite you to read this blog post by Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA, in regards to Mental Health Awareness Month and National Prevention Week.

National Organizations Offering Mental Health Month Activities and Resources

Mental Health Facts & Figures

Data points from the National Council for Behavioral Health:

  • 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness.
  • Nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness.
  • One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24.
  • Approximately 10.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.


Mental Health America Tools 2 Thrive

  • Tools 2 Thrive provides practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with.

May 3-9: Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

This week seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and show that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development. One in five children struggle with mental illness but few receive treatment. Observing this day helps to end stigma and discrimination about mental health in children and youth. Below are resources related to children's mental health awareness.



    May 7: National Older Adults Mental Health Awareness Day

    Suicide, depression, anxiety, and problems with alcohol and medications are issues that older adults face. It is especially important during this unprecedented time to promote connection and recovery for older adults with mental health concerns. Below is one resource related to older adult mental health awareness.

    May 10-16: National Prevention Week

    National Prevention Week (NPW) is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders. Each year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) honors NPW with daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2020 daily themes are:

    For more information and access to SAMHSA's NPW events and resources, click here.