May is Mental Health Month

Since 1949, Mental Health America and their affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings. They welcome other organizations to join in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.

The working theme for May is Mental Health Month in 2018 is Whole Body Mental Health. Information will focus on increasing understanding of how the body's various systems impact mental health based on recent research. From food to fitness to gut flora, they will be diving into the elements that make up personal wellness. Topics will include:

  • The connection between gut bacteria/flora and mental health;
  • The role of inflammation in the development of mental health disorders;
  • The preventative and recovery promoting aspects of physical activity; and
  • How nutrition and food can affect mental performance and mood.

THE First Annual Dual Diagnosis Awareness Day


In support of Mental Health Awareness Month in the U.S. and Mental Health Awareness Week in the U.K., please support the First Annual Dual Diagnosis Awareness Day on May 15, 2018 by flashing the "V" sign, more commonly known as the peace sign, in support of those doubly suffering from co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder. Post the picture to your social media accounts, apply the #V4DualDiagnosis hashtag, and tag @doublewinnersclub and @dualdiagnosisday in the picture. Also, feel free to visit the FUNDRAISING LINK TO DONATE.

The "V" stands for both dual illnesses and dual recoveries. The sign indicates victoire (“victory” in French) and vrijheid (“freedom” in Dutch), and as such, it is the perfect symbol to celebrate awareness as well as recovery along the co-occuring spectrum. Dual Diagnosis recovery treatment is in its nascent stages and needs your help to spread the good word. Help give this movement a voice. We need YOU!