Monday, May 1, 2023 to Wednesday, May 31, 2023

May - Mental Health Awareness Month

(All day)

May is Mental Health Month and, while promoting mental health is important all year, this special month of recognition raises awareness about mental illness and its prevalence that has significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Below, we are sharing information about activities and events taking place this month. We're also highlighting educational videos and stories you may find helpful.



Tune in to the Breaking Down Mental Health podcast, a new CME-accredited podcast providing medical professionals with clinical guidelines on various mental health topics to help prepare you to answer the call to action during this mental health crisis within our pediatric population. Also, listen to this The Wrap episode featuring an interview with the three hosts of the podcast.

Michigan Medicine Presents The Science of Addiction: 3 episodes cover 'Why do people do drugs?,' 'Alcohol addiction,' and 'Helping someone get help with addiction'



5/11, 6:00 – 7:30pm at AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor: Being with Bipolar: A Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion on Bipolar Disorder

Poetry reading by local poets Jennifer Metsker and Ellen Stone, who write about their experiences with bipolar disorder from different perspectives, addressing the stigma and the trauma related to living life with and caring for those with a mental illness. The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program will also host a Q & A with the audience about bipolar disorder and research advances in the field.



5/16, noon-1pm: Addiction, Depression & Anxiety: What's the Connection?
A livestream on Michigan Medicine’s social media channels, featuring Drs. Emily Bilek and Cam Coleman.

5/25, noon-1pm: What Parents Should Know About Eating Disorders
A livestream on Michigan Medicine’s social media channels, featuring Drs. Christina Cwynar, Natalie Prohaska and Terrill Bravender.



Be Kind to Your Mind - Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase books for our child and adult inpatient units, and will be matched by a generous donor.
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Healing Reads: Supporting Psychiatry Patients and Families 
The Joseph and Karen Krantz Family Charitable Foundation is offering a $10,000 matching gift challenge during May. In partnership with local bookstore Booksweet, we are committed to stocking our adult and pediatric psychiatric inpatient unit libraries with books and mental health resources to enrich and support patients during their hospital stays — and throughout their healing journey. Make a gift to support this endeavor! 



Help us elevate the discussion around mental health – what do you do to be kind to your mind? Be sure to tag us so we can share it! Download the #MentalHealthMatters sign and print it out.







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