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January

Helpful tips for January—National Mental Wellbeing Month

Being mentally well means being in touch with your own emotional health, and proactively taking care of yourself to stay ahead of problems. It also involves having healthy relationships, plus maintaining good coping skills so you can bounce back when challenged by difficult circumstances in life.

  • Each day, make sure to do activities—such as creative hobbies—that are meaningful to you. Identify and work into your schedule the activities that reliably help you relax and recharge. Get started with these tips.
  • Strive to get 30 minutes of exercise per day, plus eat a balanced diet, and get 7 – 9 hours of sleep nightly. Learn more.
  • Try some mindfulness. Slow down during your day and fully experience the present moment. Watch a short video.
  • Thirty percent of survey participants reported having a mental illness or receiving treatment for a mental illness. Black and African American men are particularly concerned about stigma.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans.
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth.
  • LGBTQ youth who had access to spaces that affirmed their sexual orientation and gender identity reported lower rates of attempting suicide.
  • Nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.

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December

December—National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month

Approximately 64 percent of people say their mental health stress level increases exponentially around this time of year. Consider the following tips for keeping the strain of the season at bay.

  • Don’t strive for the “perfect” holidays. Be realistic about what you can do during this time; simplify wherever possible. Learn more about reducing holiday stress.
  • When you’re depressed, holidays can be hard. They may bring up bad memories, or you may feel as if you’re outside looking in at people who are having a good time. Practice these tips.
  • Prioritize your health. Maintain as regular a schedule as possible throughout the holidays. This will help you moderate stress and burn extra calories. Try these steps to stay active. 
  • Most Americans (55%) feel sad or lonely this season to at least some degree.
  • People of all ages experience these emotions, but Gen Z (ages 18 to 24) are struggling this year more than any other age group.
  • A 2021 survey showed that 3 in 5 Americans feel their mental health is negatively impacted by the holidays.
  • People of all sexual orientations struggle with difficult emotions during the holidays. LGBTQ+ Americans, however, experience holiday loneliness more than those who identify as straight.
  • Nearly a quarter (22%) of Americans ease their stress by talking to someone — either a mental health professional (12%) or a trusted family member or friend (10%).
November

November—National Family Caregivers Month

This is a time to recognize and celebrate those who lovingly give baths, clean houses, shop for and comfort loved ones who are elderly or ill. Providing care is a supremely challenging role, and caregivers deserve our support and praise. If you’re a caregiver:

  • Acknowledge and be proud of how much you do. There’s no such thing as a perfect caregiver, so just do your best to get through each day. Watch this video on taking care of yourself.
  • Maintain good diet, sleep and exercise habits. Make sure to eat balanced meals. Try not to give in to stress eating. Also, get enough sleep; strive for 7-8 hours per night. Consider these tips.
  • Talk with others about your challenges. A caregiving support group is a great way to share information, support and encouragement. Learn about reducing caregiver stress.
  • About 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months.

  • Approximately 39.8 million caregivers provide care to adults (aged 18+) with a disability or illness or 16.6% of Americans.

  • Approximately 43.5 million caregivers who have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months.

  • More than 75% of all family caregivers are women. And for many, caregiving is in addition to working full-time and raising children of their own.

 

October

National Depression and Mental Health Awareness and Screening Month

This national health observance educates people about the signs, symptoms and treatment of depression while promoting confidential, anonymous depression screenings that can identify whether individuals should seek assistance.

  • Key depression symptoms include persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness, an inability to take pleasure in things previously enjoyed, and difficulty performing normal daily activities. Learn the symptoms.
  • Depression and anxiety disorders are sometimes still viewed as conditions to hide. When people come together to learn about mental health conditions, it helps reduce negative stigmas. Read tips to support someone with depression. 
  • Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that can derail daily life if left untreated. It also can lead to self-harm and/or suicide. Watch this video about treatment options.

World Mental Health Day

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2022 was ‘Make Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority’ aims at encouraging and facilitating greater collaboration between governments, citizens and planners so that effective processes can be established to deliver mental health and well-being services to the entire global community. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • 21% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2020 (52.9 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults.

  • Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14 and the 3rd leading cause of death among those aged 15-24 in the U.S.

  • 1 in 5 U.S adults report that the pandemic had a significant negative impact on their mental health.

  • 155 million people live in a designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Area.

    6.7% of U.S. adults experienced a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness in 2020 (17 million people).

September

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Understanding the issues around suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention. Helping others who may be in crisis can make a difference and save lives.

National Recovery Month

Learn more about the importance of speaking openly about recovery and finding treatment, since there is still stigma associated with mental illness and addiction Here are some important facts you should know:

  • 50% of individuals with eating disorders have a substance use disorder, a rate five times higher than the general population.
  • Up to 35% of individuals who were dependent on alcohol or other drugs have also had eating disorders, a rate 11 times greater than the general population.
  • 32.1% of U.S. adults with mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder in 2020 (17 million individuals).
  • According to research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods, most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning.
August

Back to School

Back to School Month is an observance that helps parents, students and teachers transition to the new academic year.

Student Mental Health

Learn more about the importance of speaking openly about student mental health, as mental illness is very common among students today. With your help, we can bring awareness to the prevalence of mental illness on campuses. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • 56% of students are significantly concerned with their ability to care for their mental health.
  • In a survey, sixty-three percent of students say that their emotional health is worse than before the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
July

BIPOC Mental Health Month

  • While millions of Americans face the challenges of living with mental health conditions, people in marginalized communities may additionally struggle with a lack of health insurance and access to services, plus cultural stigma that that discourages getting care. Learn more about stigma.
  • Research has shown that BIPOC groups are less likely to have access to mental health services, less likely to seek out treatment, more likely to receive low or poor quality of care and more likely to end services early. Learn more about the barriers.
  • If someone you know may need help with a mental health condition, encourage them to contact a licensed mental health professional. Recovery is possible!

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Effective July 16, 2022, 988 will be the new three-digit number for calls (multiple languages) text or chat (English only) that connects people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where compassionate, accessible care and support are available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress.

People can use 988 if they are having thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crises, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

The Lifeline works! Since the Lifeline began in 2005, it has served as an invaluable resource, helping thousands of people overcome suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress every day. With the transition to 988, these life-saving services will be even easier to reach.

June

PTSD Awareness Month

More than eight million American adults each year experience post-traumatic stress disorder. The intent of PTSD Awareness Month is to reduce stigma and get proper treatment for those affected.

  • PTSD can develop after exposure to a frightening event or ordeal in which severe physical harm occurred or was threatened. Watch this video about PTSD signs and symptoms.
  • PTSD is a mental health disorder. Many people believe things about mental health disorders that aren’t true. Here are some myths about PTSD.
  • Effective treatments include cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Learn more.
  • About 8 of every 100 women (or 8%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men (or 4%).
  • Among U.S. Army infantry soldiers returning from Iraq, 43.9 percent of those who reported a TBI with loss of consciousness also reported symptoms of PTSD.
  • 20 percent of people who experience a traumatic event will develop PTSD.
May

Mental Health Month

This health observance strongly supports the idea that anyone affected by a mental health condition should be able to get the appropriate support and care they need to live a healthy, fulfilling life.

  • Although some progress has been made, the stigma around mental health and treatment has long existed. Learn more about breaking the stigma.
  • A great way to mark Mental Health Awareness month is to talk about it. Consider these tips to maintain a healthy relationship with a loved one who has a mental health condition.
  • Take care of yourself and your loved ones. If you are struggling, reach out for the care you need.
  • 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14.
  • Over half of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.
  • In 2019, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 19.86% of adults experienced a mental illness, equivalent to nearly 50 million Americans.
  • Rates of substance use are increasing for youth and adults, even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 7.74% of U.S. adults and 4.08% of youth had a substance use disorder in the past year. Substance use increased 0.07% for adults and 0.25% for youth over last year’s report.

 

April

Stress Awareness Month

Stress is a normal part of human existence. Good stress (eustress) pushes us to strive and achieve, but bad stress—particularly when it’s severe and/or lasts a long time—is highly destructive to our health.  

Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 14.5 million people ages 12 and older had alcohol use disorder. This number includes 9.0 million men and 5.5 million women. Learn more about alcohol use disorder. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • An estimated 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • Long-term health risks of alcohol use include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease and digestive problems.
  • Approximately 14.5 million people aged 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder.
  • In 2019, 25.8% of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month.
March

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Despite positive developments in the U.S. such as reductions in opioid use, research has identified many facts illustrating the continuing seriousness of substance abuse.

LGBTQ+ Mental Health + World Bipolar Day

One in five Americans struggle with some kind of mental health condition, yet many don’t seek treatment. The largest barriers for those with mental health conditions are lack of accessibility to professional treatment, the stigma surrounding mental health, or a lack of knowledge about mental health conditions. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • About 17% of all people will self-harm during their lifetime. 90% of people who engage in self-harm begin during their teen or pre-adolescent years.
  • Bipolar disorder affects approximately 6 million adult Americans.

  • The average age-of-onset is about 25, but it can occur in the teens, or more uncommonly, in childhood.

February

National Cancer Prevention Awareness Month

The stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. One in three people with cancer experience mental or emotional distress. Learn more about the role of mental health in helping cancer patients and caregivers.

Download this helpful flyer for cancer support tips.

The Power of Kindness

You never know if someone is experiencing a mental health condition, and many physical disabilities are invisible. Practicing kindness encourages patience and empathy. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • After a month of a group of highly anxious individuals performing at least six acts of kindness a week, there was a significant increase in positive moods, relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance in socially anxious individuals.

  • Five random acts of kindness in a week will increase your happiness for up to three months.

  • When you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”

  • When we give of ourselves, everything from life satisfaction to self-realization and physical health is significantly improved. Mortality is delayed, depression is reduced and well-being and good fortune are increased.

January

Get Organized Month

Studies show that people waste up to an hour every day, on average, searching for things that they’ve misplaced. The new calendar year is a good time to enhance your organization skills, so your life runs more smoothly.

Mental Health After the Holidays

  • This month, we are taking the opportunity to bring more awareness around mental health after the new year. We will be highlighting the importance of self-care habits to try as 2022 begins. Learn more.
    • About 9% of Black youth reported an episode of major depression in the past year, yet only about 40% of that group received treatment, compared to 46% of white youth who received treatment
    • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans.
    • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
    • 48% of all transgender adults report they have considered suicide in the past 12 months, compared to 4% of the overall US population.

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December

National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month

This year, try de-emphasizing the hustle, bustle and material excesses that can accompany the winter holidays. This is a time to celebrate the contributions of family caregivers and provide them with the tools and support they need to keep themselves and their care recipients healthy. Learn more:

  • Many family caregivers also work outside the home, often experiencing conflicts between competing responsibilities. Learn how to take care of yourself.
  • The stress and daily challenges of caregiving can have a major impact on a caregiver’s mental health, leading to depression, anxiety, substance misuse and stress disorders. Learn how to reduce stress.
  • Research shows that caregiving responsibilities also take a significant physical and financial toll on caregivers. Practice these caregiving tips.
  • Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent).
  • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year.
  • 64 percent of people say their mental health stress level increases exponentially around this time of year.
November

National Family Caregivers Month

This is a time to celebrate the contributions of family caregivers and provide them with the tools and support they need to keep themselves and their care recipients healthy. Learn more:

  • Many family caregivers also work outside the home, often experiencing conflicts between competing responsibilities.  Learn how to take care of yourself.
  • The stress and daily challenges of caregiving can have a major impact on a caregiver’s mental health, leading to depression, anxiety, substance misuse and stress disorders. Learn how to reduce stress.
  • Research shows that caregiving responsibilities also take a significant physical and financial toll on caregivers. Practice these caregiving tips.
  • About 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months.

  • Approximately 39.8 million caregivers provide care to adults (aged 18+) with a disability or illness or 16.6% of Americans.

  • Approximately 43.5 million caregivers who have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months.

  • More than 75% of all family caregivers are women. And for many, caregiving is in addition to working full-time and raising children of their own.

  • About 15.7 million adult family caregivers care for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

October

National Depression and Mental Health Awareness and Screening Month

This observance is designed to educate the public about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for depression, and to encourage those who might be suffering to respond to a brief, confidential battery of questions—a mental health screening. Learn more:

  • Depression is extremely common, and helping others know that they are not alone (thus reducing stigma) can be very encouraging.  Read about depression.
  • Screenings aren’t considered a professional evaluation, but they are a quick and uncomplicated way to spot some of the early signs of potential trouble. Learn more.
  • Don’t be afraid to share your own experience of depression with those who are currently struggling. Find out how to talk to others. 

Mental Health Education

During the month of October, we are taking the opportunity this month to bring more awareness to general mental health education, as well as depression awareness. It’s our job to help end the stigma surrounding mental health by sharing resources and starting conversations. We will encourage you to learn more about mental illness and what resources are available to help those find treatment.

September

Suicide Prevention Awareness

This observance raises awareness and connects individuals experiencing suicidal ideation to treatment services, in addition to offering support to those previously affected by suicide. Learn more:

 

Stamp Out Stigma—National Recovery Month

During the month of September, we are taking the opportunity to discuss substance use disorder recovery. It’s our job to help end the stigma surrounding mental health by sharing resources and starting conversations. We will encourage you to learn more about mental illness and substance use disorder and what resources are available to help those find treatment. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.
  • The misuse of prescription opioids and use of heroin is one of the most significant public health issues in the United States. Opioid abuse claims more lives than motor vehicle crashes.
  • 50% of individuals with eating disorders abused alcohol or illicit drugs, a rate five times higher than the general population.
August

International Friendship Day

The first Sunday in August (8/1 this year) is International Friendship Day—a day to celebrate both the old and the new friends in our lives. Learn more:

Back to School

August is normally the back-to-school month for most students. This year might be a little different, so we are taking the opportunity to discuss student mental health throughout the month. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • 56% of students are significantly concerned with their ability to care for their mental health.
  • In a survey, sixty-three percent of students say that their emotional health is worse than before the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
July

BIPOC Mental Health

This health observance brings awareness to the unique struggles that individuals within the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities face in regard to mental illnessLearn more: 

  • Native Americans have the highest rate of young adult suicide of any ethnicity.
  • African Americans are 10% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than Non-Hispanic whites.
  • Lack of cultural understanding by health care providers may contribute to underdiagnosis and/or misdiagnosis of mental illness in people from racially/ethnically diverse populations.
June

National PTSD Awareness Month

Approximately eight million Americans at any given time suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder. This observance seeks to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with PTSD and help those suffering with this condition obtain needed treatment. Learn more:

  • PTSD can cause different types of symptoms. There are resources readily available to help diagnose and effectively treat PTSD. Learn the signs in this video.
  • Be there for support. When someone you care about has PTSD, the person may act differently and get angry easily. Follow these helpful tips.
  • Treatment is available. Helpful treatments include therapy, medications, peer support and more. Find treatment options.
  • About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • About 6 of every 10 men and 5 of every 10 women experience at least one trauma in their lives.
  • An estimated 1% of U.S. adults had any anxiety disorder in the past year.
  • Among U.S. Army infantry soldiers returning from Iraq, 9% of those who reported a TBI with loss of consciousness also reported symptoms of PTSD.
May

Mental Health Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. This health observance highlights the importance of mental health and wellness. Learn more:

  • Get your body moving. When you exercise, you release endorphins that trigger positive feelings and increase emotional well-being. Learn more about regular exercise for mental health.
  • Surround yourself with supportive people. Your way of thinking is influenced by those around you. Find people who make you feel good about yourself. Watch this video about support systems.
  • Put your needs first. Make sure to take care of yourself so that you can be there for others. Find tips about self-care and compassion.
  • Over 44 million American adults have a mental health condition.
  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  • In 2018, there were more than two and a half times as many suicides (48,344) in the United States as there were homicides (18,830).
  • Just over half (50.6%) of children with a mental health condition aged 6-17 received mental health services in 2016.
  • An estimated 1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.
April

Stress Awareness Month

The observance aims to educate Americans about the prevalence and seriousness of stress, while highlighting helpful coping strategies. Here are some tips you should know:

  • Stress affects physical health. Studies have linked stress to heart disease, asthma, diabetes, obesity, gastrointestinal problems, depression and accelerated aging. Learn more.
  • Keep a journal to track stressors. Writing about what is generating your stress, then brainstorming for solutions, can empower you to reduce stress and anxiety. Track your stress.
  • Meditate mindfully to minimize chaos. Take quiet time to yourself, sit comfortably and breathe deeply. Practice these meditation tips.

Alcohol Awareness

  • An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • Long-term health risks of alcohol use include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.
  • Approximately 14.8 million people aged 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder.
  • In 2018, 26.45% of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month.
March

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

The observance aims to counteract myths about substance use and addiction, while educating people about the current science on substance use. Here are some tips you should know:

Mental Health Support

  • 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness.
  • About 17% of all people will self-harm during their lifetime.
  • Bipolar disorder affects approximately 6 million adult Americans.
  • 90% of people who engage in self-harm begin during their teen or pre-adolescent years.
  • The average age-of-onset is about 25, but it can occur in the teens, or more uncommonly, in childhood.
February

National School Counseling Week

The observance acknowledges counselors for partnering with parents in addressing the challenges of raising children in today’s world. Here are some tips you should know:

  • Talk with your child. If you think your child might be suffering the effects of stress, anxiety or depression, make time to talk with them. Learn more about how to ask them about their feelings.
  • Nurture their well-being. Encourage your child to get regular exercise, spend time with supportive friends, eat healthy foods and get enough sleep. Practice these tips.
  • Seek help if needed. It’s normal for a child to be moody or sad occasionally. However, if these feelings last for weeks or months, depression may be the cause. Learn more.

The Power of Kindness

  • Five random acts of kindness in a week will increase your happiness for up to three months.
  • When we give of ourselves, everything from life satisfaction to self-realization and physical health is significantly improved.
  • Kindness stimulates the production of serotonin. This feel-good chemical heals your wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy.
January

Get Organized Month

Being disorganized can cause us to lose focus and waste energy. Here are some tips to keep a disorganized home or workspace from draining you:

Mental Health After the Holidays

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans.
  • 48% of all transgender adults report they have considered suicide in the past 12 months, compared to 4% of the overall US population
  • 60% of people who achieve their New Year’s resolutions flop once-or more-before succeeding.
  • Black adults in the US are more likely than white adults to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress, such as sadness or helplessness.

Visit these organizations’ websites to learn more

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