National Mental Health Counseling Week will be observed May 5-11, 2014.
This national event helps increase mental health awareness and recognition for AMHCA, state chapters, and the clinical mental health counseling profession as a whole.
In America, our tightly knit fabric of stability and security has been weakened by episodes of mass violence, war, and recent bouts of extreme climatic events that have destroyed lives, homes, and memories. Suicide among military personnel and veterans is at an all-time high with an average of 22 suicides per day. High unemployment and financial insecurity threatens an already fragile social structure. As a result, these events help to facilitate the increased likelihood of mental distress and mental dysfunction.
During this designated week, AMHCA members across the United States will be working to raise awareness by focusing on mental health at home, in schools, in the workplace, in the community, and in the military. To facilitate these efforts, AMHCA has provided state mental health counseling chapters with a project manual that focuses on these different aspects of mental health and suggests activities for each of these venues. Contact your chapter to learn about local activities.
AMHCA encourages its members to set time aside during National Mental Health Counseling Week to participate in local activities to promote and reinforce the importance of mental health. Chapter activities may include:
Social media blitz for public awareness
Candlelight vigil to highlight the impact of mental health on community and individuals
Community Partnerships Day
Wear and share green ribbons and the color green to increase public awareness about mental health