Since 1949, Mental Health America and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of Mental Health Awareness 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 2020 Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.

May is Mental Health Month, and it has never been more important than this year.

Until now, there were still some people who believed that mental health wasn’t everyone’s concern. They thought that our annual mental health resources – even though they were shared with millions – were aimed at just a small group of people – the one in five who have a mental health concern in any given year.

That isn’t the case today.

Just weeks ago, we had no idea that all our worlds were going to be turned upside down by the coronavirus. Or that the associated worry, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety would be something that literally everyone – all five in five – would experience.

More from Paul Gionfriddo, President & CEO, MHA National >>

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 2020, 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 full Mental Health Toolkit >>


Tools2Thrive: HANDOUT Creating Healthy Routines (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: HANDOUT Eliminating Toxic Influences (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: HANDOUT Finding the Positive After Loss (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: HANDOUT Owning Your Feelings (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: HANDOUT Supporting Others (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: HANDOUT Connecting with Others (PDF)

MHM 2020 POSTER Tools2Thrive (PDF) Meant to be printed 11 x 17 paper

MHM 2020 POSTER Screening (PDF) Meant to be printed 11 x 17 paper

COVID-19 and Your Mental Health Infographic

Social Media

Sample Social Media  (PDF)

Images can be downloaded from the toolkit.

Additional Resources

These resources complement the materials in the toolkit and come from MHA’s trusted partners, supporters, educational institutions or other national non-profit organizations.

In honor of mental health awareness month we lift-up the lived experience of our friends, neighbors, and loved ones with the hope of broadening perspectives and increasing compassion for others. The author, Faith Boersma, is a long-time advocate and personal friend of MHA: Mental Health Awareness Month - A Dissent and "Say My Name" Spoken Word>