Mental Health Month
May is Mental Health Month
May is Mental Health Month. All month long we recognize and bring attention to important mental health issues and opportunities in our community with information on events at Cathedral and other like-minded organizations, so you can get involved and be an advocate for mental health.
Stamp Out Stigma
May is full of many mental health observances: Mental Health Month; Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week; National Prevention Week; Older Americans’ Mental Health Week; Schizophrenia Awareness Week; National Mental Health and Dignity Day; National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week; Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
Mental Health Month Events Calendar
Click for a calendar of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Greater Chicago sponsored events for Mental Health Month.
Put Mental Health On the Table
The Kennedy Forum is partnering with the Chicago Community Trust to host On The Table. This is a day when the Trust invites the community to host conversations on topics important to them, usually centered around a meal. The Kennedy Forum is encouraging the mental health community to host conversations around mental health and addiction, with a goal of having 500 conversations affiliated with the Kennedy Forum.
Click to read about some of the hosts of these conversations across the nation.
Mental Health America Invites Self Expression
Life with a Mental Illness was the 2016 theme and Mental Health America (MHA) asked How does it feel to live with a mental illness? The organization encouraged individuals to share their own experiences with mental health - their personal stories of struggle and attempting to communicate these experiences with others - in order to help dispel prevalent negative attitudes and misconceptions about mental illness.
Click here to post and read what others have shared and to learn how to encourage others to share.
Unjust Incarceration: Breaking the Cycle for Individuals with Mental Illness
On May 25, 2016 Cathedral welcomed The Honorable Tom Dart, Sheriff of Cook County, and Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, psychologist and Executive Director of the Cook County Jail to discuss the Cook County Sheriff’s programs addressing the needs of individuals struggling with mental illness.
Check out photos of this event.