2022: Back to Basics
The theme of MHA’s 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit was "Back to Basics." After two years of pandemic living, many people were realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty took a toll on their well-being. Our goal was to provide foundational knowledge about mental health & mental health conditions and information about what people can do if their mental health is a cause for concern.
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2021: Tools 2 Thrive
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help. In 2021, we will continue with our theme of Tools 2 Thrive, providing practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency regardless of their personal situation.
Visit mhanational.org/tools2thrive to access web page versions of the 2021 and 2020 May is Mental Health Month toolkit fact sheets and worksheets in English and Spanish
2020: Tools 2 Thrive
While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. In 2020, our theme of Tools 2 Thrive provided practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with.
Visit mhanational.org/tools2thrive to access web page versions of the 2020 May is Mental Health Month toolkit fact sheets and worksheets in English and Spanish.
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Visit 4mind4body to see what people did for our #4Mind4Body Challenge in 2018!
2017: Risky Business
In 2017 Mental Health America offered educational materials, tools, references, and more to help people decide – is this particular behavior a risky behavior for me or for someone I love? And if it is, what can I do about it before it harms me or someone else? Some of this year’s materials may make you just a little uncomfortable, because we’ll be talking about some things that are often left unsaid.
2016: Life With A Mental Illness
How does it feel to live with a mental illness? That (#mentalillnessfeelslike) is what we focused on during Mental Health Month in 2016. B4Stage4 means, in part, talking about what mental illnesses feel like, and then acting on that information. It means giving voice to feelings and fears, and to hopes and dreams. It means empowering people as agents of their own recovery. And it means changing the trajectories of our own lives for the better, and helping those we love change theirs.
In 2015, we chose “B4Stage4” as our Mental Health Month theme. Here’s why. Mental health concerns are no different from any other physical health concerns. They should be thought about and treated the same way – long before they reach Stage 4. We’re offering a range of materials, strategies, and resources to bring healthy, B4Stage4 thinking to life.
2014: Mind Your Health
Mental Health Month 2014 was designed to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and its preventative factors and benefits for mind and body and to build a broad public recognition around the role of mental health to overall health.
2013: Pathways to Wellness
Mental Health Month 2013 was a call to action for Americans to identify strategies that work for themselves individually to attain better overall health status. This theme can be used in conjunction with information about programs and services available through local affiliates.