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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Calendar 2014


February 23 – March 1, 2014

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Held annually during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, NEDA educates and screens for eating disorders and connects those at-risk with local resources. Many people struggle with the way they look or how they feel about their bodies, with one out of three normal dieters progressing to pathological dieting. In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder, which has one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness. http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/programs-events/nedawareness-week.php

National Eating Disorders Screening Program® (NEDSP) online and in the community screening program.


March 10-16, 2014

National Brain Awareness Week

It is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research sponsored by Dana Alliance for Brain Works.


March 30, 2014

World Bipolar Day

World Bipolar Day – an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder, the International Bipolar Foundation, and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders – will be celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder.

The vision of World Bipolar Day is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and eliminate social stigma. Through international collaboration, the goal of World Bipolar Day will be to educate the world population about bipolar disorders and help improve sensitivity toward the illness.

Each of the organizations is encouraging their members, chapters and affiliates to orchestrate local events surrounding World Bipolar Day. – See more at: http://ibpf.org/blog/world-bipolar-day-call-action#sthash.IcxFaVAr.dpuf

April 10, 2014

National Alcohol Screening Day

Online, in the community. Held annually on Thursday of the first full week of April, NASD is an outreach, education, and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and refers individuals with alcohol problem for further evaluation. The program is provided by nearly a thousand colleges, community-based organizations, and military installations world-wide each year. Organized by Screening for Mental Health


April 1 – 30, 2014

Alcohol Awareness Month

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

244 East 58th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10022

(800) NCA-CALL (622-2255) (24-hour helpline), (212) 269-7797, (212) 269-7510 Fax

national@ncadd.org  www.ncadd.org  Materials available


May 1 – May 31, 2013

Mental Health Month

Mental Health America is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating “May is Mental Health Month,” which began in 1949. Organized by Mental Health America.


May 4-10, 2014

National Children’s Mental Health Week

This week is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children’s mental health and emphasizing the importance of family and youth involvement in the children’s mental health movement! Organized by National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.


May 8, 2014

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is a key strategy of the Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign, which is part of the Public Awareness and Support Strategic Initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The effort seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. Last year, the national theme focused on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma.

Communities around the country participated by holding their own Awareness Day events, focusing either on the national theme, or adapting the theme to the populations they serve.


May 4 – 10, 2014

National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

Created by Freedom from Fear, a national non-profit mental health advocacy organization, National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week which takes place the first week in May and has been a success since its inception in 1994. Each year more than 40 million Americans will suffer with an anxiety disorder and over 20 million will suffer from some type of depressive illness. The cost to the economy of these terrible diseases is billions of dollars each year; the cost in human suffering is immeasurable.  One of the primary goals of this project is to help individuals suffering with anxiety and depressive disorders to find treatment.

Registrants in National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week will receive materials that can be used towards organizing an event during this week.  Even if you cannot organize an event, the materials are invaluable to mental health professionals, colleges, hospitals, employee assistance programs and all types of health organizations.  The materials included in the package can help assist in educational programs, training programs and much more.


May 15 – 21, 2014

Older Americans’ Mental Health Week

An annual opportunity to spread the message that mental illness is not a normal part of aging.

Public awareness increases a community’s understanding of mental illness and reduces the stigma that keeps many older Americans from seeking help. Public awareness activities can range from an information display at a library to a speaker panel event. Together, during Older Americans’ Mental Health Week, we will continue to tell the American public and policy makers that: mental illness is not a normal part of aging; mental illnesses are real, common and treatable; the more people know, the more they can help themselves and others; and healthy adults continue to learn, enjoy life and contribute to society. Organized by The Older Women’s League (OWL).


May 19 – 26, 2014

Schizophrenia Awareness Week

One out of every one hundred people has schizophrenia. People with this illness not only face difficult and at times debilitating symptoms, but they also face a society that stigmatizes and often isolates them. Organized by Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America.


May 18 – 24, 2014

National Prevention Week 

National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. National Prevention Week 2014 is about Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future. We’ll be highlighting the important role each of us has in maintaining a healthy life and ensuring a productive future.


June 1 – 30, 2014

PTSD Awareness Month

The National Center for PTSD promotes awareness of PTSD and effective treatments throughout the year. Starting in 2010, Congress named June 27th PTSD Awareness Day (S. Res. 455). Since then, during the month of June, we ask everyone to help us raise PTSD awareness.

Following trauma, most people experience stress reactions but many do not develop PTSD. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others do not. However, if stress reactions do not improve over time and they disrupt everyday life, help should be sought to determine if PTSD is a factor.

The purpose of PTSD Awareness Month is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and its effective treatments so that everyone can help people affected by PTSD.


June 27, 2014

National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution authored by Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., designating June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. http://bit.ly/bSV5VG Organized by United States Senate.


July 1 – 31, 2014

National Minority Mental Health Month

In 2008 the US House of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This provides NAMI state and affiliates with a wonderful opportunity to reach out to diverse communities. Learn more about Bebe hereOrganized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).


September 1 – 30, 2014

Recovery Month

Recovery Month aims to promote the societal benefits of alcohol and drug use disorder treatment, laud the contributions of treatment providers, and promote the message that recovery from alcohol and drug disorders in all its forms is possible. Organized by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


September 7 – 13, 2014

National Suicide Prevention Week

Suicide prevention is everyone’s business and anyone can participate in National Suicide Prevention Week.  Suicide and suicidal behavior affects individuals of all ages, genders, races and religions across the planet. Suicide affects more men than women in all countries but China. Risk factors remain essentially the same from country to country. Mental illness, substance abuse, previous suicide attempts, hopelessness, access to lethal means, recent loss of loved ones, unemployment and vulnerability to self-harm are just a few examples of risk factors. Protective factors are also the same in all corners of the world. High self-esteem, social connectedness, problem-solving skills, supportive family and friends are all examples of factors that buffer against suicide and suicidal behaviors. Organized by American Association of Suicidology.


September 10, 2014

World Suicide Prevention Day

We believe that through a combined effort at an international and local level, a difference to the lives of many will be made. Suicide Can be Prevented. * The WHO has noted that not all suicides can be prevented, but a majority can. * Developing and implementing national strategies as well as specific local interventions can lower rates of suicide in diverse populations. * Successful approaches to suicide prevention have includes: restricting access to means; establishing community prevention programs; establishing guidelines for media reporting; and engaging with frontline professionals through gate keeper training programs Organized by International Association for Suicide Prevention.


October 5 – 11, 2014

Mental Illness Awareness Week

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first full week of October to celebrate. MIAW has become a NAMI tradition. It presents an opportunity to all NAMI state organizations and affiliates across the country to work together in communities to achieve the NAMI mission through outreach, education and advocacy. The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding is Tuesday. Organized by NAMI.


October 7, 2014

National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding 

The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding has become a great success. It has had widespread support by individual congregations and National Faith Community Mental Illness Networks. Organized by NAMI FaithNet.


October 10, 2014 

National Bipolar Awareness Day

In recognition of National Bipolar Awareness Day, the IBPF is introducing our own version of Say it Forward: Say it Forward! Take the time today to educate one person about bipolar disorder. If that person does the same, and so on, think of how much change we can create.  Organized by International Bipolar Foundation.


October 10, 2014

National Depression Screening Day

Held annually during Mental Illness Awareness Week in October, NDSD raises awareness and screens people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. NDSD is the nation’s oldest voluntary, community-based screening program that provides referral information for treatment. More than half a million people each year have been screened for depression since 1991. Spread the Word about National Depression Screening Day – select a news brief to post to your website or email to your community. Organized by Screening for Mental Health.


October 10, 2014

Worldwide Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. The Day promotes more open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention and treatment services. The treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders is formidable especially in poor resource countries. Physical and mental health are intertwined. There is a real need to deal with mental health problems of people with chronic physical illnesses and physical care of mental health consumers through a continued and integrated care. Organized by the World Health Organization. See World Federation for Mental Health for annual themes.


October 9 – 15, 2014

OCD Awareness Week

The International OCD Foundation established OCD Awareness Week to take place every year during the 2nd week of October. During this week-long event, the IOCDF and our global partners and affiliates work to spread awareness about OCD and related disorders among not only patients and their loved ones, but also mental health professional. Because, while OCD is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, it is often very treatable when patients eventually do get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.


October 1 – 30, 2014

ADHD Awareness Month

ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is a serious public health issue. The mission of ADHD Awareness Month is to educate the public about ADHD by disseminating reliable information based on the evidence of science and peer-reviewed research.


November 9 – 15, 2014

Mental Health Wellness Week

Mental Health Wellness Week was created by Freedom From Fear, a national non-profit mental health advocacy organization. Founded in 1984, Freedom From Fear has developed and implemented a variety of similar, successful public education programs centered on mental health concerns.


November 15, 2014

International Survivors of Suicide Day

International Survivors of Suicide Day is a day of healing for those who have lost someone to suicide. The third Saturday in November was designated as National Survivors of Suicide Day by United States Senate resolution in 1999 through the efforts of Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, who lost his father to suicide. Every year, AFSP sponsors an event to provide an opportunity for the survivor community to come together for support, healing, information and empowerment. In recognition of the fact that the problem of suicide know no geographic or national boundaries, AFSP’s event is now titled International Survivors of Suicide Day.