We’re only four weeks away from May. Do you know what that means? It’s almost national #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth!

This month long observance has been celebrated in the United States since 1949. Inaugurated by the organization Mental Health America as a way to draw attention to the ways in which mental health affects everyone, Mental Health Awareness month has since grown into a full-fledged national and international phenomenon that has made inroads towards addressing the stigma surrounding mental health in the public consciousness.

Mental health stigma is perpetuated by commonly-believed myths about mental health consumers. As an organization, PEERS is dedicated to confronting mental health stigma. We assert that people with mental health experiences should be “valued for their essential contributions to our society.”

Interested in observing Mental Health Awareness Month 2018? Explore these excellent options:

Events

  1. The Alameda County Everyone Counts Campaign: National Mental Health Day of Prayer and Celebration! This free, open, and family-focused event will take place on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at the Courtyard in front of the County Administration Building.
  2. The Alameda County 10×10 We Move for Health event promotes wellness, exercise, and nutrition. This annual event is happening on Friday, May 4th at the Lake Elizabeth Performance Pavillion in Fremont.
  3. PEERS’ screening of “The S Word” documentary film at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland on May 18th. Please reserve your ticket ahead of time.

Resources

  1. Media Alerts from the Everyone Counts Campaign track and analyze how mental health is portrayed in the news media.
  2. The I’m Good Campaign features blogs, videos, and art that share stories of personal wellness and recovery. Send us your story to im-good@peersnet.org
  3. PEERS’ Resources page is an excellent shortcut to getting the support you need.

Check back in May for more content, events, and resources! Until then, please stay well and help us #endthestigma.