mental health awareness month


Since 1949, the United States has observed Mental Health Awareness Month every May. There are many events across the county during the month that are held to bring awareness of mental health issues, reduce the stigma of having a mental illness, and the help available for mental health issues. Each year has a specific theme. For example, the theme in 2020 was #Tools2Thrive to help address the mental health needs of everybody, especially as anxiety grew worldwide regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

2021 will continue with the #Tools2Thrive theme, with the intent of providing practical tools that anyone can use to help improve their own mental health and also to increase their resiliency regardless of their personal situations.

A tool kit for 2021 is available for download here from the Mental health of America (MHA) website. The tool kit includes pdfs of suggested outreach ideas, fact sheets, worksheets, posters, and much more.  You can download the entire kit or select specific downloads. Tool kits from previous years are available as well.

Did You Know?*

  • Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States live with a mental illness (51.5 million in 2019).
  • The prevalence of any mental illness (AMI) was 24.5% for females and 16.3% for males.
  • People aged 18-25 had the highest prevalence of AMI (29.4%), followed by those 26-49 years old (25%), while those aged 50 and older had the lowest prevalence (14.1%).

(*Data from the National Institute of Mental Health)


If you feel that you are struggling with your mental health, we invite you to contact American Behavioral Clinics here to schedule a free phone consultation with us today.