Mental Health Awareness Month

We’ve compiled information from all over the Internet for our Mental Health Awareness social media posts. We’re happy to share this collection of posts, graphics, gifs, factoids, and tips.

  • Themes for Mental Health Awareness Month promotions:
    • Importance of mental health / brain health research
    • Stigma reduction: Mental Health is BRAIN Health
  • Hashtags:
    • #MentalHealthAwareness, #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
    • #Beyond31DaysOfMentalHealth
    • #SupportMentalHealthResearch, #SupportBrainResearch
    • #MentalHealthisBRAINHealth
  • Posts to include:
    • visuals – both static and animated
    • MH stats and factoids
    • science-driven posts
    • stories

Sample Posts — find gifs and graphics in The STARR social media toolkit:

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Without Research, there will never be a cure. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

Mental health research and the resulting treatments have made recovery a reality for many who experience mental illness.  But did you know that the average delay between symptom onset and treatment is 11 years?  Improving access to mental health care as never been more important. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

Be a Hero. Join a clinical research trial. Start at to find a study near you.  #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

Between 2011 and 2030, mental disorders could cost the global economy $16 trillion in lost output. It doesn’t have to. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

Nearly 1 out of every 5 adults in the US experiences a mental health issue each year, according to #NAMI. Despite the prevalence of mental health issues, stigma and a variety of other barriers continue to block thousands of people from receiving the mental health care they need #FightStigma #MentalHealthAwareness #SupportMentalHealthResearch

Schizophrenia affects over 300,000 Americans. Over the last decade, drug trials were reduced by 59%. (#yourCompany) along with @TheSTARR support more cutting-edge, scientific research to ensure we have new options for generations to come! #SupportBrainHealth #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #SupportMentalHealthResearch

Do you believe that we will ever find a cure for schizophrenia? Should that be our goal?  #SupportBrainHealth #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #SupportMentalHealthResearch

The 1990’s were called The Decade of the Brain. Since then, schizophrenia drug trials have dwindled by 88%. Let’s work to make the 2020’s the NEW Decade of the Brain! #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

You have authority over your own mental wellness.  Learn about research as an option  #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

The question isn’t WHY is #MentalHealthResearch important. The question is why isn’t it MORE important when more people are impacted by mental health illnesses than Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, CP, and epilepsy combined.

When you volunteer for a research trial, you are provided with medical care and regular health check-ups. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

The cost to develop a novel medicine is estimated at $2.6 billion (Tufts). The cost of untreated mental illness costs up to $300 billion every year (NAMI). #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

$2.6 billion: cost to develop a new drug. 7%: trial medications approved by the FDA. 0: new meds without research volunteers. There’s no cure without research. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

When you volunteer for a research trial, you will work with a team of professionals who specialize in mental health. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

When you volunteer for a research trial, you may have access to medicines before they are available in the market. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

When you volunteer for a research trial, you become a HERE to countless others living with brain disorders. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

Want to be on the cutting-edge of scientific brain research? Join a study! #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

Almost HALF of all adolescents is impacted by mental illness. 1 in 5 children 13-18 have a serious mental illness.  #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #SupportMentalHealthResearch

50% of mental illnesses begin by age 14. The only way to find a cure is through research. #SupportBrainResearch #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 25-34 year olds and the 3rd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds.

Mental Health is Brain Health. #SupportBrainResearch #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

Don’t you wish #BrainResearch was viewed the same as cancer research? #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

The COVID-19 outbreak is giving us new empathy for those that have felt isolated and alone all their lives. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

The COVID-19 outbreak is giving us new empathy for those that have felt overwhelming anxiety all their lives. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. Here is a fact to be aware of: Antidepressant prescriptions have jumped by 20% in March since the COVID-19 outbreak. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. Here is a fact to be aware of: 1 out of 6 people will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime. #SupportMentalHealthResearch #MentalHealthAwareness

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. Here is a fact to be aware of: 1 out of 3 people with depression fail to respond to any drug treatments

People living w/ #depression can help shape future treatments & care through #ClinicalTrials and #Research. #SupportMentalHealthResearch, #MentalHealthAwareness

Support #MentalHealth Advocacy organizations that #SupportMentalHealthResearch #SupportMentalHealthResearch, #MentalHealthAwareness

Depression affects 6-7% of US pop. That’s why #TheSTARR supports the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance to bring patient perspectives on current & future depression treatments to FDA and life science companies. #SupportMentalHealthResearch, #MentalHealthAwareness

“Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. It transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons…” – Vaclav Havel         Research is #HOPE

What gives you #HOPE for the future of mental health research?

Mental Health should be our focus beyond #31to365! Looking #BeyondMayToEveryday

Looking to donate to research? Check out some great resources here: (Link to our advocacy page)

Links to Advocacy Partners: NAMI, MHA, DBSA, SARDAA, Students with Schizophrenia, etc

The STARR Coalition spotlights (Advocacy Organization) (logo and link)

Since 1949, Mental Health America has led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. We welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. In 2021, our theme of Tools 2 Thrive will provide practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with. We now believe that these tools – even those that may need to be adapted for the short term because of COVID-19 and social distancing – will be more useful than ever.

Download The 2021 Mental Health Month Toolkit

NAMI’s WhyCare? campaign is an opportunity to share the importance of care in our relationships to others, in mental health treatment and services and in support and education to millions of people, families, caregivers and loved ones affected by mental illness. Demonstrating how and why we care brings more to awareness by showing our actions and connections to others. Care has the power to make a life-changing impact on those affected by mental health conditions.

Show us how you care through awareness, support and advocacy. Share informationimages and graphics to tell others what #WhyCare means to you.