Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year, we at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are focusing our attention on having a #RealConvo about mental health. We’ve learned through a recent Harris Poll that 89 percent of people believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. Despite this, many people don’t know how to have a conversation about it.

“How do I talk to someone I’m concerned about?”

“How do I reach out to someone if I’m not doing well, myself?

“How do I guide the conversation with young people?”

Below, you’ll find videos, tips, a calendar of events and other resources that will help you become more confident when discussing this vital topic, and approach mental health proactively like the real and important aspect of health that it is. In addition, this May, AFSP is launching a social media campaign encouraging people to talk about mental health.

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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 4 – Omar Torres from ALT 92.3 (Entercom) and Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer of AFSP will be having a candid conversation about mental health.

Tuesday, May 8 – Roundtable conversation at the APA Conference with Dr. Christine Moutier and focused on best practices in reporting on suicide and mental health.

Wednesday, May 9 – Twitter Chat with Stamp Out Stigma on Suicide Prevention and Mental Health at 2 p.m. ET. Use the hashtag #SOSChat to follow along and participate!

Wednesday, May 16 – May 16th, we’re asking for your help in sharing a picture of yourself on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) holding up a sign that says, “You Can Have a #RealConvo with Me.” Please be sure to tag @AFSPNational and use the dedicated hashtag #RealConvo. Click here to download the printable signs!

Tuesday, May 22 – Facebook Livestream event with Ask Dr. Jill and The Mighty on AFSP’s Facebook page at 2 p.m. ET.

Wednesday, May 23 – Reddit AMA with Dr. Christine Moutier for the Seize The Awkward campaign at 1 p.m. ET.

Thursday, May 24 – Twitter Chat “Learn more about #ProviderWellbeing” with ACGME, the Mayo Clinic and AFSP’s Dr. Christine Moutier at 4 p.m. ET. #ProviderWellbeing!

Wednesday, May 30 – Twitter Chat with Stamp Out Stigma, Mental Health First Aid, Give An Hour, NAMI, Aetna, Active Minds, National Council for Behavioral Health, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, and Change Direction at 2 p.m. ET. Use the hashtag #MHMChat to follow along and participate!