May is Mental Health Month
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings. During the month, National Health America runs a number of activities which are based on a different theme each year.
This year's theme for Mental Health Month is -
Life with Mental Illness -
and will call on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike (or submitting to MHA anonymously). Posts will be collected and displayed on a special page on
The purpose of this month is to raise awareness about mental illness, such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. It also aims to draw attention to suicide and to educate communities about psychological disorders, while reducing the stigma that surrounds them. The month came about by presidential proclamation.