Mental Health Month
Mental Health Month is celebrated in May, in order to raise awareness and educate people about mental health and mental illness. It is a time to promote the importance of mental health, reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, and encourage people to seek help when they need it. The goal of Mental Health Month is to help people understand that mental illness is a common and treatable condition, and that seeking help for mental health concerns is a sign of strength rather than weakness. By promoting mental health education and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, Mental Health Month aims to improve the lives of individuals affected by mental illness and promote overall mental health and wellness. The Smyrna School District's DEI Committee has suggested the following resources to help others who are or know someone who is struggling with their mental health.
The History of Mental Health Month
Mental Health Awareness Month originated from Mental Health America, which was founded by Clifford W. Beers, William James, and Adolf Meyer. They created the National Committee for Mental Hygiene after recognizing the inadequate care provided to individuals with mental illness and aimed to address this issue. Mental Health Awareness Month was established to raise awareness of mental health issues and promote mental health education. In 1949, a mental health awareness month was established in order to remove the stigma associated with mental illnesses. This was mainly due to WWII, when there were increasing numbers of soldiers suffering from mental illness, which affected their moods, thinking, and behavior. The celebration of Mental Health Month began in the United States and has since spread to other countries around the world. Mental Health Month typically takes place in May each year, and during this time, various organizations and mental health professionals engage in activities and events to promote mental health awareness.
Check up on your mental health
Please note: Online screening tools are meant to be a quick snapshot of your mental health. If your results indicate you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, consider sharing your results with someone. A mental health provider (such as a doctor or a therapist) can give you a full assessment and talk to you about options for how to feel better.
This website is an informational resource. They are not a crisis support line. If you need immediate help, you can reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988 or using the chatbox at 988lifeline.org/chat. Warmlines are an excellent place to for non-crisis support as well.
- It's Okay to Ask for Help - Delaware Resources
- NAMI Delaware - Find Info for Your Journey
- ADAA - Understanding Disorders
- SAMHSA - Find Help
- Mental Health DE - Resources
- 211 Delaware - Support
- Help is Here - Delaware
- Mental Health Association - Delaware
- Black Brown Delaware Therapists Directory
- Connects Black and Latinx Delawareans to culturally sensitive, competent mental health providers that look like them.
- Delaware Counseling Services
- Delaware Crisis Call Lines
- Includes: Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Crimes, LGBTQ+, HIV & AIDS, Housing & Homelessness, Financial Assistance, and Food Assistance.
- Delaware Hospitals and Programs
- Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, & Their Families - Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services
Understand Mental Health and Wellness
What is Mental Health?
Can Children have Mental Health Challenges?
Can Teens have Mental Health Challenges?
Challenge the Stigma
Biden Jr., J. R. (2022, April 29). A Proclamation on National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2022. Retrieved from The White House website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/04/29/a-proclamation-on-national-mental-health-awareness-month-2022/
Combs, A., & Ramesh, T. (2022, May 29). The history and impact of Mental Health Awareness Month. Retrieved from AmadorValleyToday website: https://www.amadorvalleytoday.org/23501/world-news-politics/the-history-and-impact-of-mental-health-awareness-month/
Mental Health America. (n.d.). Self-Help Tools. Retrieved from Mental Health America website: https://mhanational.org/self-help-tools
National Council for Mental Wellbeing. (n.d.). Mental Health Awareness Month 2022. Retrieved from National Council for Mental Wellbeing website: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/mental-health-awareness-month/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (n.d.-b). Mental Health Awareness Month. Retrieved from www.samhsa.gov website: https://www.samhsa.gov/programs/mental-health-awareness-month
Youth.gov. (n.d.). May is National Mental Health Month | Youth.gov. Retrieved from youth.gov website: https://youth.gov/feature-article/may-national-mental-health-month