Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week is October 6-12

Each year in early October, we come together with advocates across the nation to fight stigma and raise awareness about mental health in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week. We all face different levels of mental health challenges at some point throughout our lives, and 50 percent of us will experience a mental health challenge in our lifetime1.  Unfortunately, stigma can often get in the way of reaching out for help.

Mental Health Awareness Week gives us all the opportunity to highlight the year-round fight against mental health stigma and the difference mental health awareness efforts can make in the lives of everyone. With 70-90 percent of individuals reporting improved quality of life after receiving support and treatment, it’s clear to see why raising awareness is so important to the well-being of so many2. Here are some ways to get involved in the Mental Health Awareness movement!

During Mental Health Awareness Week, we encourage you to raise your voice and stop stigma with us. Visit our Mental Health Awareness Week activation kit page to download awareness guides and activities to use in your community. Tools to help you raise awareness in your community this year, include print materials, social media posts and activity guides.

Visit the Each Mind Matters Resource Center to find hundreds of resources and tools you can use this week and throughout the year to improve mental health in your community. Whether you want to find resources to help prevent suicide or learn more about supporting children’s mental health, the resource center has you covered.

Are you part of an organization that wants to engage communities in conversations about mental health and suicide prevention in the Latino community? Apply for a SanaMente grant! While you’re at it, make sure to visit the SanaMente website.  

Visit our Each Mind Matters shop where you can find stickers, pins, car decals and more to help promote mental health awareness in your everyday life. When people see these items and ask about them, start a dialogue with them about the importance of bringing awareness to mental health. Don’t forget to check out our events page to get involved in upcoming events in your community for the week and throughout the year.

Throughout the week we will have meaningful conversations about mental health by asking our followers thought-provoking questions such as ‘In the past year, how do you think the conversation about mental health has changed?’ and ‘If someone you care about is reinforcing mental health stigma, what would you say to them?’ We want to hear from you! Follow @EachMindMatters to join in and share your responses with us.

1CDC: U.S. Adult Mental Illness Surveillance Report
2NAMI California