Mental Health Awareness Month

May 2021

Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (51.5 million in 2019)

Everyone has Mental Health. 


Join NAMI Champaign in May

NAMI Champaign is hosting a series of events and programs throughout May! Scroll down to view some of our events happening in May to bring awareness to and destigmatize mental health.  Visit out Calendar page for the full list of NAMI and Mental Health events.

About Mental Health Awareness Month 💚

Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. The month is observed with media, local events, and film screenings. Mental Health Awareness Month began in the United States in 1949 and was started by the Mental Health America organization

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. It is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health challenges.

Thank you to the Community for brining awareness to Mental Health all through out May!

From walking in the park with us, checking out our Interview with Sam Albert from Mix 94.5 , to sending in Donations to help NAMI Champaign continue to support our communities!

Mental Health is a year long topic, and is always important. Want to know how you can be involved with shedding light on Mental Health Conditions? Email us at

MHAM Event Calendar 2021

💚 “Tuesday’s with Bubba” 3:15pm-4:00pm @ West Side Park

Join NAMI Champaign and Bubba for a socially distanced walk around the park! Bubba is a trained service-dog for Katie, one of our NAMI Champaign volunteers. Katie welcomes questions about Bubba, conversations about what it is like to have a service animal, and what it is like to live with a mental health condition. Bring your dogs, pets, and Masks! 

Katie and Carolyn will be at West Side Park (400 W University Ave, Champaign, IL 61820),  May 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th.  Social distancing will be required due to COVID-19 guidelines.

💚 “GAME TIME” May 6th 7:00pm – 8:30pm – Over ZOOM

Stay Connected and have some fun! Virtual Game night is hosted by NAMI Champaign over the ZOOM platform. Open to everyone, play games like Pictionary, or come hangout and enjoy the company.  RSVP to get the Zoom Invite.

💚 NAMI Champaign County Business Meeting 6:30pm-8pm

NAMI Champaign County (IL) Business meetings are hosted the 2nd Monday of every month. Our meetings are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Champaign County Resources, and individuals interested in mental health. Email with the subject “NAMI CC Board Meeting invite” to receive the ZOOM Link & reminders.

💚 Check out the CPL Book Carousel ft. Mental Health Reads

The Champaign Public Library has added a Reading list of Mental Health related books! Check out their recommendations by visiting their website [LINK TBA]

💚 “Civil Commitment, Forced Meds, and Self-Advocacy with Advanced Directives”

WHEN: May 17, 2021; 7 p.m.
HOW: Zoom Online Meeting
REGISTRATION: Registration Form
HOST: Community Education Committee

Emma Dorantes of the IGAC’s Legal Advocacy Service will talk about the processes of involuntary civil commitment and forced psychotropic treatment under the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. She will also explain the ways that different Advanced Directives such as a Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Declaration for Mental Health Treatment can protect the rights of an individual with mental illness, even during a crisis.

Community Education Events are sponsored by NAMI Champaign County (IL)’s Community Education Committee. Currently hosted on the ZOOM platform.  Have a community education suggestion for future events? Email us at

Tag & Follow us on Social Media

We want to see what YOU do for Mental Health Awareness Month.

Wear Green, take time for Self-Care, or Share your story with us! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and like us on FACEBOOK

 TAG US and Use #NAMICCMHAM , #YouarenotAlone , #Stigmafree in your posts about Mental Health Awareness Month

Donate & Join NAMI

NAMI Champaign is the affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness that services most of East Central Illinois including Champaign, Douglas, Effingham, Vermillion, and Coles county. We believe in the possibility of recovery, wellness and the potential in all of us. We embrace diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives. Promote confidence, self-efficacy and service to our mission. We practice respect, kindness and empathy, and fight for equity and justice.

Consider donating to NAMI Champaign to help us continue to provide resources, mental health education programs, and activities to spread public awareness about mental health condition to our communities. To Learn more Donate & Join

NAMI – The National Alliance on Mental Illness

For 2021’s Mental Health Awareness Month NAMI will continue to amplify the message of “You Are Not Alone.” We will use this time to focus on the healing value of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing mental health and acknowledging that it’s okay to not be okay through NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.

Together, we can realize our shared vision of a nation where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives — a nation where no one feels alone in their struggle. Visit

NAMI Champaign is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grass-roots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.  NAMI is an all volunteer non-profit organization and has over 1,100 affiliates in communities across the country who engage in advocacy, research, support, and education.

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