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Mental Health Awareness Month


Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. For the past 20 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) every May to increase awareness about the vital role mental health plays in our overall health and well-being.

Need Help?

  • If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat
  • To learn how to get support for mental health, drug, and alcohol issues, visit
  • To locate treatment facilities or providers, visit or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357).

Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon's Mental Health Awareness Month Video Message

Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, has recorded a video message for Mental Health Awareness Month.

mental health awareness month toolkit

Mental Health Awareness Month Toolkit

Check out what SAMHSA is doing and share our materials, and remember that we all play active roles in caring for our mental health.


Use the Toolkit to spread awareness and provide resources for those who need them.

988 suicide & crisis lifeline

988 Partner Toolkit

The 988 Partner Toolkit is a one-stop shop for resources that anyone to use to promote awareness of 988.

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National Prevention Week

NPW promotes prevention events and resources to help keep people and communities healthy and safe.

Last Updated

Last Updated: 04/24/2023

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