During the month of May, the American Counseling Association (ACA) joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Established in 1949, Mental Health Month sought to put a spotlight on the importance of mental health and wellness. Each year we continue to fight against the stigma associated with mental health, provide support for those with mental illness and the counselors supporting them, as well as advocate for policies on behalf of those with mental illness and their loved ones.
While 1 in 5 people will experience mental illness over the course of their lifetimes, everyone will face challenges that can and will affect their mental health. Licensed professional counselors play a critical role in providing care and guidance for those who are struggling with mental health. ACA members all across the country are dedicated to assisting anyone who is struggling with mental health.
This year, our slogan for Mental Health Month is #BeKindtoYourMind. We encourage you to join us as we highlight the significance of mental health awareness and how counselors are able to help!
Be Kind To Your Mind: #ToolsToThrive and Resources to Help You Every Day
Explore our Mental Health Month-featured tools and resources for professional counselors below.
Veterans Affairs and the American Counseling Association Presents: Annie
The American Counseling Association will partner with the VA’s Office of Connected Care to host a Facebook Live Event on ACA’s Facebook page on Thursday, May 7th, beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET. This discussion will introduce viewers to Annie.
Annie is a VA service that sends automated text messages to Veterans to help them stay focused on their self-care by sending health related notifications, reminders, or motivational messages. Annie empowers Veterans to play an active role in their care through prompts and recommendations.
Thousands of Veterans successfully use Annie to stay healthy and on track in meeting their wellness goals. During the event, experts will discuss how Annie can be used to improve mental health and some of the other protocols available. Visit the event page to register and learn more.
SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW) 2020
National Prevention Week (NPW) is a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round through providing ideas, capacity building, tools, and resources to help individuals and communities make substance use prevention happen every day. NPW 2020 will take place May 10–16, 2020.
Each year around NPW, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.
Visit www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week to join in and learn more about National Prevention Week 2020 and how you can get involved!