May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week is coming up May 4-10.  My current home state Philadelphia is participating in a few mental health awareness events.


Mental Health First Aid

In Philadelphia, May 6,  there will be an adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course at the National Constitution Center located at 525 Arch St. The course teaches community members how to assist an adult who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Also on May8 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. This event focuses on the unique needs of young adults between the ages of 16-25. Join activities including painting hosted by the Mural Arts Program, a photo booth, mental wellness screenings and more.  Music wil be presented by Box of Stars, raising mental health awareness through music to reduce stigma, promote recovery, and save lives. Go here for a performance lineup. 

NAMI walks

A The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk is scheduled for tomorrow, May 3 with a fundraising goal of $120,000. So far, NAMI has raised $75, 229 and 773 donors. Let’s root for them to reach their goal. Go here to find NAMI walks by state and region.

Out of the Darkness

Here’s something to look forward to next month. June 28-29 is the 2014 Out of the Darkness Overnight fundraising walk for suicide prevention and awareness. It’s a 16-18 mile walk that takes you from the  Museum of Art, through the Parkway Museums District and all the to University City from dusk till dawn. Register here or donate here.

I can’t keep an eye on all the mental health awareness events in the country or world, so please share some with me in the comments section. If you know of any or are participating in any, I would love to read your experience.



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