May: Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental wellness is essential for peak cognitive and physical performance and ensures the readiness of our service members. This month the Military Health System (MHS) focuses on the mental wellness of service members, their families, retirees, and DoD civilians. We will highlight the tools and resources available for the prevention and treatment of the DoD community’s overall mental wellness. This is a time for the Air Force and broader military community to come together to promote mental health, learn more about mental health conditions, and seek help for those who experience or suffer from such conditions. Mental illnesses are real and treatable conditions that may be serious enough to impact an individual’s daily life, classroom performance, work, or relationships with others.

The month of May also offers an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders, and the role of Air Force and Department of Defense in providing life-altering treatment.

A picture of a blackhawk helicopter unloading patients.

May is also
Military Medicine
Appreciation Month

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Airmen taking a hearing test

May is also
Hearing and Speech
Awareness Month

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An airman talking with the eye doctor

May is also
Vision Awareness Month

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Health Month

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Sample Tweets

#May is National #MentalHealth Awareness Month. Read more about this month: http://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/News/Article/745628/may-is-mental-health-awareness-month-in-air-force @USAFHealth

#MentalHealth is essential to individual and unit #readiness. Here’s how you can be empowered to be mentally fit: http://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Operation-Live-Well

Eliminating stigma around #mentalhealth requires dialogue, #leadership, and positive examples of those benefitting from treatment: http://airforcelive.dodlive.mil/2014/09/eliminating-stigma-a-leadership-responsibility/