Gov. Murphy Signs Proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month

May 1, 2023

Beginning Monday, May 1, 2023, Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAH) will be observed in New Jersey, across the U.S., and beyond.

Established in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month is intended to increase awareness of the importance of mental health wellness in individuals' lives and to celebrate recovery from mental health illness.

Governor Phil Murphy signed a proclamation, declaring May 2023 as Mental Health Awareness Month. Within the proclamation, Governor Murphy highlighted that mental health is an essential part of overall health, affecting one's physical health, relationships, and ability to thrive, and underscoring New Jersey's commitment to addressing mental health issues.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized Mental Health Awareness Month every May to increase awareness about the vital role mental health plays in each individual's overall health and well-being.

In observance of MHAH, SAMHSA has shared the Mental Health Awareness Month Toolkit, a one-stop shop for promotional materials, social media content, and best practices for engaging in healthy discussions surrounding mental health. The toolkit also includes a number of SAMHSA resources, and SAMHSA encourages everyone to utilize and share the toolkit with colleagues and partners.

Mental Health America also has a webpage with links to a variety of resources for MHAH.

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