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Mental Health Awareness Month

During Mental Health Awareness Month, SAMHSA is raising awareness about the importance of mental health in the lives of all Americans. Check out what SAMHSA is doing and how to get involved!

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If you need suicide or mental health-related crisis support, or are worried about someone else, please visit the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Call or text 988 or chat (TTY: 1-800-487-4889), or use the Behavioral Health Treatment Locator to get help.

  • Mental Health Awareness Month Events

    Take a look at the calendar below and join SAMHSA in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month.

Title: Mental Health 101 – Overview of Mental Health Issues in the Modern World
Date: May 4, 2022 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm (EST)
Hosted: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and SAMHSA
Summary: HUD and SAMHSA will launch their celebration of National Mental Health Awareness Month with an introduction and general overview of mental health issues post COVID-19. HUD’s Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman will kick off this first webinar in a four-part series that features Dr. Neeraj Gandotra, M.D. (SAMHSA's Chief Medical Officer) as the keynote speaker. Dr. Mary Roary, Ph.D., M.B.A. (SAMHSA's Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity) and Jayme Brown, M.P.A. (HUD’s Director of Community and Supportive Services) will moderate this webinar.

Title: National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Peer Support for Youth and Families
Date: May 5th, 2022 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm (EST)
Hosted: SAMHSA
Summary: An event commemorating child and youth mental health and honoring youth and family peer support.

  • Remarks by Dr. Anita Everett, Director, Center for Mental Health Services
  • Remarks by Melinda J. Baldwin, Ph.D., Director, Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs
  • Event Emcee Gary M. Blau, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Children Youth and Families

Watch the presentation (one hour).

Title: 988 – What’s on the Horizon
Date: May 11, 2022 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm (EST)
Hosted: SAMHSA and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Summary: SAMHSA and HUD will introduce SAMHSA’s new Suicide Prevention Hotline (988). The webinar will also address suicide prevention for youth and the BIPOC community, in addition to touching on substance use. SAMHSA’s Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon and the White House's Senior Advisor for Public Health on the Domestic Policy Council Dr. Sejal Hathi, MD will present introductory remarks. Dr. Richard McKeon Ph.D., SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention Branch Chief will deliver the keynote speech. Dr. Mary Roary, PhD, MBA (SAMHSA's Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity) and Lewis Dorman, MS, MA (HUD’s Program Manager of the Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency [ROSS]) will moderate.

Title: #MentalHealthAtWork Twitter Chat
Date: May 11, 1-2pm (EST)
Hosted: U.S. Department of Labor
Summary: Join the U.S. Department of Labor to talk about:

  • Reducing stigma Increasing parity for mental health treatment
  • Resources for workers Support for mental health providers
  • Use hashtag #MentalHealthAtWork

Title: The 5th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium
Date: May 16, 2022
Hosted: The National Council on Aging
Summary: The National Council on Aging is proud to host the 5th annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium. This event is co-sponsored with the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Registration is free and includes a full day of sessions on how to best meet the mental health needs of older adults. In partnership with Rush University’s E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging, NCOA will be offering continuing education credit for several professions.

Title: Strategies and Partnerships to Address Farm Stress and Suicide Webinar
Date: May 17-19, 2022 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm (EST)
Hosted: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Summary: Throughout the past several years, the farm economy has faced tremendous challenges, even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. While mental health is a struggle many Americans face, there are a significant number of rural Americans working through tough mental health situations.

Title: Get Help – Reducing Stigma Associated with Mental Health
Date: May 18, 2022 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm (EST)
Hosted: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and SAMHSA
Summary: HUD and SAMHSA will focus on reducing stigma associated with mental health, to encourage those with potential mental health issues to seek professional help. This webinar will also concentrate on the BIPOC community, addressing stigma specific to these populations.

Title: Now What? – Mental Health Issues in Post COVID America
Date: May 25, 2022 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm (EST)
Hosted: SAMHSA and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Summary: SAMHSA and HUD will examine how to address mental health issues in post-COVID America. Besides the physical toll the pandemic took on Americans, it has also greatly affected our nation’s mental health. This webinar will discuss how to handle and move past multiple co-occurring pandemics, using a mental health focus on substance use disorder, housing, work, education, and transportation among other relevant topics. HUD's Secretary – Marcia Fudge and SAMHSA’s Chief of Staff – Sonia Chessen will kick it off, then HUD’s Senior Advisor for Housing and Services – Dr. Richard Cho will follow, afterwards SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Public Health Advisor – Dr. Christopher McKinney will give SAMHSA's introductory remarks, then SAMHSA's CMHS Government Project Officer – Lieutenant Commander Katie Hager and SAMHSA’s Director of the Prevention, Traumatic Stress and Special Programs Division – Dr. Melinda Baldwin will deliver the keynote speech. Dr. Mary Roary, Director of SAMHSA's Office of Behavioral Health Equity, Ms. LaSaundra Purcell, SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity Public Health Advisor, and Mr. Lewis Dorman, Program Manager of HUD's Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency will moderate.

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    National Prevention Week

    National Prevention Week (NPW) is a national public education platform bringing together communities and organizations to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. Learn more about hosting a community event near you.

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    Mental Health Youth Action Forum at the White House

    MTV, in coordination with the White House, HHS and SAMHSA, will convene the first-ever Mental Health Youth Action Forum to drive culture from awareness to action on mental health through storytelling and media.

Last Updated

Last Updated: 12/23/2022