National Mental Health Awareness Month

You Are Not Alone

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, we work to raise awareness about mental health in order to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

The APCYF Youth Mental Health Resource Guide is designed to help families learn more about mental wellness and provide specific resources – both here in Arlington and more widely – that address their children’s needs.

The guide includes:

  • General Information about Mental Wellness: organizations that provide information, education and raise awareness.
  • Family Support, Support Groups & Educational Programs: support groups, online counseling or chat services, parenting resources and training programs used at schools.
  • Youth Assistance & Treatment Options: services provided by schools, county health department, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and private clinics; national helplines; general information about getting treatment; and searchable databases for private providers.
  • Crisis Response: resources for crisis intervention, assessment, rapid response and hospitalization; national hotlines.

Now, more than ever, it is essential for our community to engage with youth and make their mental well-being our priority.

Local Special Events:

May 12, 7:00 pm: “I thought it would be better by now!
A presentation and dialogue on the lingering and cumulative effects of the pandemic on the mental health of children and their families. Focused on hope, resilience & strategies. Co-hosted by Arlington County Council of PTAs, Arlington Public Schools and Arlington Department of Human Services. Register here.

May 20, 24, 25 and 26: “Building Healing Communities: Conversations on Mental Health, Resilience and Equity” Register for any or all of the free events here.

The Symposium and all Workshops will include simultaneous Spanish interpretation.

  • Thurs., May 20th, 6-9 pm Keynote Speakers and Panel Discussion
  • Mon., May 24th: 6-7:30 pm Mental Health, Race and Equity / BIPOC Community
  • Tues., May 25th, 6-7:15 pm Youth & Mental Health / Age 0-5
  • Wed. May 26th, 6-7:15 pm A Path to Healing (Yoga and Connection)

Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. Click here to read more.