Every month of the year is designated as an awareness month for at least one issue or cause. In some cases, certain dates or weeks are designated as awareness times for the particular issue of focus. Most are annual designations, some are one time only due to the important nature of the concern. The topics tackled each month may be an illness, like depression, an effort like recovery from substance use, a socially beneficial program like suicide prevention, or cause requiring focused attention. We want to share with you awareness month designations related to mental health and substance use and recovery that you may find especially helpful.
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month This year’s theme is Strength in Communities, which highlights alternative mental health supports created by BIPOC and queer and trans BIPOC (QTBIPOC), for BIPOC and QTBIPOC. Mental Health America offers a free toolkit for July 2021 BIPOC Mental Health Month! Three topic areas are explored: community care, self-directed care, and cultural care. You can fill out a form to receive the downloadable toolkit here.
National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month and National PTSD Awareness Day (June 27, 2021) The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has designated June as PTSD Awareness Month; their downloadable booklet, “Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment” is available here. Information on National PTSD Awareness Day can be found at militarybenefits.info, and general information and resources on PTSD can be found on the following webpages at Mental Health America, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the American Psychiatric Association.
Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week (June 14-20, 2021) These national observances focus on raising awareness of the leading health concerns men face, and encourage healthy living decisions such as exercise and eating healthy. Please visit menshealth.org and the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to learn more. Men’s health data for the US can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.