Recognizing Mental Health Every Month

Mental Health Every Month

 

As a society, we need to have more honest conversations about mental health in order to bring awareness to the issues that people face.  While people may be familiar with the names of mental illnesses, harmful stereotypes may prevent people from truly understanding what others are going through.  Awareness days/weeks/months are perfect opportunities to create discussions about different types of mental health issues.  Chances are, several organizations and many different people will attempt to bring light to specific struggles during these official recognition times. While I believe that mental health should be talked about every day of the year, I also find value in many people coming together to talk about a common issue, and that’s exactly what awareness days/weeks/months accomplish.  May was National Mental Health Awareness Month, but there are mental health awareness times every month of the year!

 

If I left out an awareness time, please contact me with the date and the official name of the recognition period.  It will be added to this post.  Please note that for awareness weeks, I did not include specific dates because the dates may change each year.  Any “National” recognition periods refer to the United States unless otherwise specified.

 

Mental Health Awareness Times

January

Mental Wellness Month

February

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

March

Self-Injury Awareness Day (March 1st)

National Sleep Awareness Month

Brain Awareness Week

April

National Stress Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month

World Health Day (April 7th)

May

National Mental Health Month

June

PTSD Awareness Month

July

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

August

International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st)

September

World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th)

National Recovery Month

October

National Bullying Prevention Month

ADHD Awareness Month

November

Mental Health Wellness Week

December

National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month

 

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1 Comment

  1. I agree with this. Mental Health is completely overlooked and the stigma of it created by the media has prevented people from talking about it on a daily basis. Mental Health discussion should be encouraged and not discouraged.

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