May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a month where people all across the mental health community join together to help spread awareness around mental illness to let people know they are not alone. The stigma around mental illness makes it hard for some people to open up about the mental health issues they are dealing with. This is the reason that Mental Health Awareness Month is so important.

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949 and was started by the Mental Health America organization. Each year in mid-March Mental Health America releases a tool kit of materials to guide outreach activities during Mental Health Awareness Month. During the month of May, Mental Health America, their partners, and other organizations interested in mental health put together a number of activities which are based on a different theme each year. This year's theme is #Tools2Thrive, which according to Mental Health America means "providing practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency regardless of their personal situation." With 1 in 5 adults struggling with mental health issues, it is an important topic that needs resources readily available. This is why Mental Health America has come out with their series Tools 2 Thrive which provides information, tips, and practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situation they are dealing with.

For more information visit Mental Health Awareness or Mental Health America's "Tools 2 Thrive".

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