May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience. Hospitals and health systems play an important role in providing behavioral health care and helping patients find resources available in their community.

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May is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience.

Hospitals and health systems play an important role in providing behavioral health care and helping patients find resources available in their community. Hospitals create unique partnerships to address behavioral health issues in non-traditional ways. Many of our members are leading innovations in the way 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, and via community partnerships. These strategies improve the overall value of health care and can lead to improvements in patient outcomes, quality of care and total costs.

The AHA has a long-standing commitment to support these efforts and advocate on issues related to behavioral health. AHA supports the integration of behavioral and physical health and helps hospitals play a key role in establishing partnerships to ensure access to a full continuum of behavioral health care.

AHA Resources

NEW: Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Maternal Mental Health Webpages

These new resources pages are designed to provide information, resources, and best practices to better support hospitals and health systems in addressing child and adolescent mental health and maternal mental health.


Leadership Dialogue Series: Matthew Stanley

On this Leadership Dialogue Series podcast, AHA Board Chair Wright L. Lassiter III is joined by Matthew Stanley, D.O., a psychiatrist and clinical vice president of the behavioral health service line at Avera Health, based in Sioux Falls, S.D. Wright and Dr. Stanley discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on people’s mental health and new ways to support increased access to behavioral health services across the care continuum.


6 Keys to a Successful Regional Behavioral Health Network

Hospitals and health care systems have a unique opportunity to serve as leaders and conveners of a broad spectrum of community agencies and other community partners to form regional behavioral health care networks to improve access to the right care at the right time and right place. The characteristics of current and emerging regional behavioral health networks across the nation offer insights for other communities interested in improving access to behavioral health services through community partnerships.


Members in Action Case Study: Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health at Hackensack Meridian Health (Hackensack, NJ)

The AHA aims to help hospitals and health systems increase the integration of physical and behavioral health services in acute inpatient, emergency department and primary care. This resource offers an example of how hospitals and health systems can successfully integrate behavioral health into their existing care.


People Matter, Words Matter

The AHA, together with behavioral health and language experts from member hospitals and partner organizations, will release a series of downloadable posters to help your employees adopt patient-centered, respectful language. Please consider downloading, printing and sharing each poster with your team members and encourage them to use this language both in front of patients and when talking to colleagues. People matter and the words we use to describe them or the disorders they have matter.

Other Resources

National Prevention Week—May 8, 2022–May 14, 2022

NPW is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness and action around substance use prevention and the promotion of positive mental health.


Sound the Alarm for Kids

Sound the Alarm for Kids seeks to raise awareness of the national emergency in child and adolescent mental health accelerated by the pandemic.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Resources

Visit NAMI’s Mental Health Awareness Month page for blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.

More Mental Health Awareness Month Resources