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

AHA Hospitals In Action: Supporting Care Teams - Inspiring Stories and Solutions from the Field

Hospitals and health systems are sharing through the AHA Living Learning Network (LLN), AHA Behavioral Health Services and the AHA LISTSERVs their stories from the field on how they are supporting the well-being of their health care workers. The AHA LLN is a virtual community to discuss, ideate and reform health care in response to COVID-19 with other leaders across the field.


AHA Transformation Talks: A Breakout Opportunity for Behavioral Health

Leaders from WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C., share strategies to overcome disparities in access to behavioral health services and increase patients’ access to appropriate caregivers at the right time and place. Watch the 10-minute video on strategies for reimagining behavioral health care though community partnerships.


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.


The Clinician Well-being Playbook

The new Well-being Playbook v2.0 is a COVID-19 resource for hospital and health system leaders. Burnout is not new, however COVID-19 has highlighted the challenges faced when administrative burden, sub-optimal communications systems, and unbalanced teams collide with an extended crisis. These resources will help you take action by systematically tackling drivers of burnout and implementing changes to promote well-being.

Other Resources

National Prevention Week—May 9, 2021–May 15, 2021

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


Suicide Prevention Panel—May 14, 2021

SAMHSA's New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center and New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center partner to bring you this webinar on suicide prevention. Learn from experts about the latest research and evidence-based approaches for suicide prevention.


Blog: There are ways you can intervene to help prevent someone from acting on thoughts of suicide

Suicide is largely a preventable cause of death, and you are more able to help prevent it than you might think.


More Mental Health Awareness Month Resources