Mental Health Awareness Month was created in 1949 by Mental Health Connecticut’s national affiliate, Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.

This May, MHC is honoring this tradition by hosting 31 Days of Wellness! Hover over or click on the below activities to learn how you can participate in #31DaysOfWellness!

Do you have a wellness activity you’d like to share for Mental Health Month? Let us know at info@mhconn.org.

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1
Start your Facebook Fundraiser for Mental Health Month!
Start your Facebook Fundraiser for Mental Health Month!
May 1 all-day
Start your Facebook Fundraiser for Mental Health Month!
Facebook Fundraisers are easy to set up and a great way to encourage others to share their Wellness Wishes to your page while supporting a great cause! Start yours today at https://www.facebook.com/fund/MentalHealthCT. Don’t have Facebook?... Read more »
2
Color a MAX
Color a MAX
May 2 all-day
Color a MAX
“Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness,” says Marygrace Berberian, a certified art therapist and the Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Graduate Art Therapy Program at... Read more »
3
Healing Meals Community Dinner 6:30 pm
Healing Meals Community Dinner @ Auerfarm 4-H Education Center
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Healing Meals Community Dinner @ Auerfarm 4-H Education Center
Join MHC’s President & CEO at Healing Meals Community Dinner. We will explore how the food we eat and our overall mental health are intertwined at this interactive community dinner. Their youth chefs with guidance... Read more »
4
Chopping Down Stigma 1:00 pm
Chopping Down Stigma @ Montana Nights Axe Throwing
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Chopping Down Stigma @ Montana Nights Axe Throwing
Stigma is “an attribute that is deeply discrediting” that reduces someone “from a whole and usual person to a tainted, discounted one.” – Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity, Goffman (1963) The U.S. Surgeon General (1999) and... Read more »
5
Animal Companionship Awareness
Animal Companionship Awareness
May 5 all-day
Animal Companionship Awareness
The company of animals – whether as pets or service animals – can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to recover from illness. We have joined with our national... Read more »
6
MHC’s Founding Day
MHC’s Founding Day
May 6 all-day
MHC's Founding Day
MHC is the result of the vision of Clifford W. Beers. In the early 1900’s Beers was experiencing symptoms of what today may be diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder. After attempting suicide, Beers was subjected to... Read more »
National Nurse’s Day
National Nurse’s Day
May 6 all-day
National Nurse's Day
National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6 to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday... Read more »
Panera Fundraisers 4:00 pm
Panera Fundraisers @ All participating Panera Locations
May 6 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Panera Fundraisers @ All participating Panera Locations
Join us at your local, participating Panera from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., bring the corresponding voucher, and 20% of your purchase will be donated back to MHC! Click the name of the town you plan... Read more »
7
One Month Until the Run/Walk for Mental Health 5k!
One Month Until the Run/Walk for Mental Health 5k!
May 7 all-day
One Month Until the Run/Walk for Mental Health 5k!
“Be part of our journey to raise awareness and understanding for mental illness in all 50 states in 50 days” – Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk for Mental Health In just one month from this day,... Read more »
8
Humor Awareness
Humor Awareness
May 8 all-day
Humor Awareness
Finding humor in the circumstances of life can lift moods with laughter and help people to better deal with and overcome difficult experiences. We have joined with our national affiliate, Mental Health America, to bring... Read more »
9
Telling Tales 7:00 pm
Telling Tales @ Sea Tea Improv Theatre
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Telling Tales @ Sea Tea Improv Theatre
Join us at Sea Tea Improv Theatre in Hartford on May 9th for an evening of powerful story telling from this year’s Write On! program participants. MHC’s Write On! program is a writing workshop that... Read more »
10
Advocacy Update
Advocacy Update
May 10 all-day
Advocacy Update
MHC’s Board of Directors and Development Committee member, Rob Michalik, will be sharing an article on our blog, featuring an update on MHC’s advocacy efforts in 2019. MHC’s Suzi Craig has been leading the CT... Read more »
Mental Health CT Kickboxing Charity Event 7:00 pm
Mental Health CT Kickboxing Charity Event @ Strength in Numbers
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Mental Health CT Kickboxing Charity Event @ Strength in Numbers
  Join us on May 10th for a Kickboxing Charity Event hosted by Rachel Prior, a member of MHC’s Development Committee and our friends at Strength in Numbers, who are donating 100% of all proceeds... Read more »
11
Sunset Hike and Sip, Mount Tom 3:30 pm
Sunset Hike and Sip, Mount Tom @ Mount Tom State Park
May 11 @ 3:30 pm
Sunset Hike and Sip, Mount Tom @ Mount Tom State Park
Join us for a lovely hike up Mount Tom and sunset wine tasting just 15 minutes away at Sunset Meadow Vineyards located at 599 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT. The trail is a 1.3 mile... Read more »
12
Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day
May 12 all-day
Mother's Day
Did you know that the American incarnation of Mother’s Day was in 1908 – that same year MHC was founded! Celebrating mothers has been a tradition that can be traced back to the ancient Greeks... Read more »
13
National Prevention Week – Join the NPW Prevention Challenge!
National Prevention Week – Join the NPW Prevention Challenge!
May 13 all-day
National Prevention Week - Join the NPW Prevention Challenge!
The following content is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Join the National Prevention Week movement each year on social media by participating in the NPW Prevention Challenge. 2019 Prevention... Read more »
14
Noche Mexicana – Taco Tuesday 4:00 pm
Noche Mexicana – Taco Tuesday @ Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
May 14 @ 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Noche Mexicana - Taco Tuesday @ Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
Join us at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant in East Hartford, CT from 4 p.m. – closing for a Noche Mexicana benefiting MHC. Show the event voucher (available for download 3 weeks prior to the event date)... Read more »
15
National Women’s Health Week – Take Steps for Better Health!
National Women’s Health Week – Take Steps for Better Health!
May 15 all-day
National Women's Health Week - Take Steps for Better Health!
The following content is provided by the Office of Women’s Health About National Women’s Health Week During National Women’s Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The week serves... Read more »
16
Become a National Certified Peer Specialist
Become a National Certified Peer Specialist
May 16 all-day
Become a National Certified Peer Specialist
Mental Health America (MHA), in collaboration with the Florida Certification Board (FCB), has created the first national, advanced peer specialist certification. Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) is the northeast program facilitator affiliate for this exciting new... Read more »
17
GROW with MHC
GROW with MHC
May 17 all-day
GROW with MHC
One of MHC’s newest programs, GROW (Gardening, Recovery, and Opportunities for Wellness) is a skills building and wellness program that also grows healthy food for our program participants. Led but our in-house gardener, Grayson Colarusso,... Read more »
18
Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day
May 18 all-day
Armed Forces Day
“Our Servicemen and women are serving throughout the world as guardians of peace–many of them away from their homes, their friends and their families. They are visible evidence of our determination to meet any threat... Read more »
NAMI CT Walk 9:00 am
NAMI CT Walk
May 18 @ 9:00 am
NAMI CT Walk
Mental Health Connecticut is a proud sponsor of the 2019 NAMI Connecticut Walk! Register today and join NAMI as they improve CT communities in Stepping Towards Hope & Wellness. When you go to register for... Read more »
19
Facebook LIVE event with Victoria Pelka 3:00 pm
Facebook LIVE event with Victoria Pelka
May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Facebook LIVE event with Victoria Pelka
Join us at 3:00 p.m. on May 19th for a special Facebook LIVE event with Victoria Pelka! Victoria will be contributing an article for MHC’s blog (to be posted in May) about the cyclic nature... Read more »
20
Yard Goats Game benefiting MHC 7:05 pm
Yard Goats Game benefiting MHC @ Dunkin Donuts Park
May 20 @ 7:05 pm
Yard Goats Game benefiting MHC @ Dunkin Donuts Park
Join us on May 20th as the Hartford Yard Goats play against the Erie Sea Wolves at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford, CT. MHC is proud to partner with our friends at Aetna who are... Read more »
21
TED Talk Tuesday 12:15 pm
TED Talk Tuesday @ WORK_SPACE
May 21 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
TED Talk Tuesday @ WORK_SPACE
This is a free monthly network gathering where our friends at WORK_SPACE watch an inspiring video over lunch (BYO), discuss the talk, and then eat cake to celebrate birthdays for that month. In honor of... Read more »
Hope For Recovery Vigil 12:30 pm
Hope For Recovery Vigil @ Warner Theatre
May 21 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Hope For Recovery Vigil @ Warner Theatre
Mental Health Connecticut is a proud supporter of the Hope for Recovery Vigil  Mental Wellness and Addiction Awareness Celebration Join together and embrace creative expressions from citizens of our community and experience ways to triumph... Read more »
22
Celebration of Hope 1:00 pm
Celebration of Hope @ 1st Congregational Church
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Celebration of Hope @ 1st Congregational Church
Come share in A Celebration of Hope. This event is a non-denominational celebration for Mental Health Awareness Month, presented by Western Connecticut Mental Health Network and Mental Health Connecticut’s Independence Center. The event will include... Read more »
23
Keep the Promise: 20th Anniversary Art Exhibit Reception 1:00 pm
Keep the Promise: 20th Anniversary Art Exhibit Reception @ Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor Atrium
May 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Keep the Promise: 20th Anniversary Art Exhibit Reception @ Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor Atrium
Join us for the Keep the Promise 20th Anniversary Art Exhibit, March 16-31, 2019. This exhibit will spotlight 20 years of successful advocacy through paintings, photography, drawings, poetry, stories, and more! The work will be... Read more »
24
MHC’s Mending Art – Learn more about our creative wellness program
MHC’s Mending Art – Learn more about our creative wellness program
May 24 all-day
MHC's Mending Art - Learn more about our creative wellness program
Mending Art began as a casual meetup of 3-4 interested program participants at Mental Health Connecticut’s Independence Center (IC) in Waterbury, CT. Today, the program reaches over 140 participants at the IC, and hundreds more... Read more »
25
Connecticut Sun Opening Night, benefiting MHC! 7:30 pm
Connecticut Sun Opening Night, benefiting MHC! @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 25 @ 7:30 pm
Connecticut Sun Opening Night, benefiting MHC! @  Mohegan Sun Arena
Mental Health Connecticut is honored to be chosen as the charity spotlighted by the Connecticut Sun on their opening night for 2019! Join us on May 25th as the Suns face off against the Washington... Read more »
26
Spirituality & Religion Awareness
Spirituality & Religion Awareness
May 26 all-day
Spirituality & Religion Awareness
Regardless of whether you rely on meditation, yoga, or religion, caring for your soul is an important part of taking care of yourself that can improve physical and mental health along the way. We have... Read more »
27
Memorial Day
Memorial Day
May 27 all-day
Memorial Day
“As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.” – John M. McHugh Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May,... Read more »
28
Colleen Kelly Alexander Presentation & Book Signing Event 6:00 pm
Colleen Kelly Alexander Presentation & Book Signing Event @ University of Saint Joseph, Mercy Hall, Crystal Room
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Colleen Kelly Alexander Presentation & Book Signing Event @ University of Saint Joseph, Mercy Hall, Crystal Room
Mental Health Connecticut is proud to present an evening with Colleen Kelly Alexander, where she will discuss mental health impacts and ways of working through depression, panic, anxiety, as well breaking down the barriers surrounding... Read more »
29
Work-Life Balance Awareness
Work-Life Balance Awareness
May 29 all-day
Work-Life Balance Awareness
Work allows you to provide for yourself and your family while also serving a purpose in the community, but when it takes over your life, it can negatively affect your health. We have joined with... Read more »
30
Social Connections & Recreation Awareness
Social Connections & Recreation Awareness
May 30 all-day
Social Connections & Recreation Awareness
Finding other people to relate to and doing things that bring you enjoyment are great ways to improve your mood and overall mental health. We have joined with our national affiliate, Mental Health America, to... Read more »
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#31DaysofWellness @mentalhealthct
#31DaysofWellness @mentalhealthct
May 31 all-day
#31DaysofWellness @mentalhealthct
Every #31DaysofWellness post that we find on social media, we will compile here, to showcase the various ways and days of wellness that we collectively celebrate this May. Join us on social media every day... Read more »