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MHA Awareness Calendar 2023

The MHA Awareness Calendar notes health and other observances that Mental Health America and its affiliate network and partners may mark during the year. It also includes important MHA national dates, such as our Annual Conference.

This is not a comprehensive list of all health observances that take place during the year. Note: Some links will be updated with new content closer to the awareness day / week / month.

January

  • Mental Wellness Month
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February

  • Black History Month
  • Hearth Health Month
  • World Cancer Day (Feb. 4)
  • MHA Governor Awards / Regional Policy Council Meeting (Feb. 9)
  • Founding of Mental Health America Anniversary (Feb. 19)
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week (Feb. 20-26)
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March

  • Self-injury Awareness Day (Mar. 1)
  • MHA Hill Day (March 8)
  • International Grants Professionals Day (Mar. 10)
  • National Sleep Awareness Week (Mar. 12-18)
  • World Sleep Day (Mar. 17)
  • Brain Awareness Week (Mar. 13-19)
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (Mar. 20-26)
  • National LGBT Health Awareness Week (Mar. 20-24)
  • World Bipolar Day (Mar. 30)
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April

  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
  • BIPOC Health Month
  • National Arab American Heritage Month
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Alcohol Screening Day (Apr. 6)
  • Casting of the Mental Health Bell Anniversary (Apr. 13)
  • GLSEN Day of Silence (Apr. 14)
  • Volunteer Week (Apr. 16-22)
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May

  • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Women's Health Month
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (May 1-7)
  • Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week (May 7-13)
  • National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (May 11)
  • International Day of Women's Health (May 28)
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June

  • Pride Month
  • PTSD Awareness Month
  • Men's Health Month
  • National Immigrant Heritage Month
  • MHA Policy Institute Day (June 6)
  • MHA Affiliate Day (June 7)
  • Multiracial Heritage Week (June 7-13)
  • MHA Annual Conference (June 8-10)
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July

  • Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Month / BIPOC Mental Health Month
  • International Self-Care Day (July 24)
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August

  • Back-to-School
  • MHA Regional Policy Council Meeting (Aug. 15 - tentative)
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September

  • Recovery Month
  • National Suicide Prevention Month
  • Suicide Prevention Week (Sep. 10-16)
  • World Suicide Prevention Day (Sep. 10)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 15-Oct. 15)
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October

  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 15-Oct. 15)
  • ADHD Awareness Month
  • Depression Awareness Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Anniversary of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 1-7)
  • National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness (Oct. 3)
  • National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 5)
  • OCD Awareness Week (Oct. 8-14)
  • World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10)
  • National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11)
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November

  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • National Diabetes Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Transgender Awareness Week (Nov. 13-19)
  • International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (Nov. 18)
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20)
  • Giving Tuesday (November 28)
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December

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3)
  • MHA Regional Policy Council Meeting (TBD)
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