May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health and Wellness is Front and Center During May for Mental Health Awareness and Trauma-Informed Care Month
Posted on 05/01/2022
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health and school success are closely linked, and untreated mental health challenges can create significant barriers to academic, social, emotional, and career success. 

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in six U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. It is therefore essential that schools and communities take a proactive stance in promoting student mental health awareness and support.

May has been designated as county-wide Mental Health Awareness and Trauma-Informed Care Month. The School District of Palm Beach County is collaborating with community stakeholders to support the Get Your Green On campaign. The goal of the campaign is to promote awareness of mental health, educate and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, and encourage action on mental health issues.

Individuals, schools, and departments are encouraged to support mental health, wellness, and School Behavioral Health Professionals, by showing appreciation for all of their positive contributions to students, staff, and parents.

Staff is encouraged to go along with the respective theme on Thursdays throughout the month of May in support of Get Your Green On and Mental Health Awareness:

• May 5 – Wear a green ribbon.
• May 12 – Wear hearts (representing love).
• May 19 – Wear green for School Behavioral Health Professionals Day.
• May 26 – Wear smiley faces (representing happiness).

Additionally, informative resources are available for teachers, students, employees, as well as parents and the community at large:

Teacher Resources
Student Resources
Employee Resources
Parent and Community Resources

During Mental Health Awareness and Trauma-Informed Care Month, and every day of the year, remember, "It's OK to be OK. It's OK to not be OK. It's OK to ask for help."

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