May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month serves as a reminder that mental health matters and that everyone deserves access to support and resources for their well-being. By raising awareness, breaking down stigmas, promoting mental wellness, and advocating for greater access to services, we can create a more compassionate and supportive society where mental health is valued and prioritized. As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month this May, let us commit to fostering understanding, empathy, and support for all those affected by mental illness.


As Mental Health Awareness Month, May is a time to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma surrounding behavioral health issues, as well as highlighting the ways how mental illness and addiction can affect all of us – patients, providers, families, and our society at large.

Hospitals and health systems play an important role in the conversations we have around mental health care, including creating partnerships that address behavioral health issues in non-traditional ways. Many of our members are creating new innovations around how behavioral health disorders are identified and treated—through the integration of physical and behavioral health services, changes in their emergency departments and inpatient and outpatient settings. These strategies improve the overall value of health care and can lead to improvements in patient outcomes, quality of care and total costs.

As part of its long-standing commitment to supporting all organizations that work in the realm of behavioral health care, AHA supports the integration of behavioral and physical health, and will continue to help hospitals as they play key roles in establishing partnerships and programs to ensure access to the full continuum of behavioral health care for all who need it.

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