HHSC Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and HHSC is highlighting a variety of opportunities and resources to raise awareness about mental health issues.

To register for the webinars and trainings in May, click on the links below:

  • May 1, 1–3:30 p.m. 
    Ask About Suicide to Save a Life “AS+K” Training
    • This training teaches the public to recognize the warning signs, clues and suicidal communications of people in psychological distress and what action to take to prevent a possible tragedy.
    • Due to limited capacity, pre-registration is required. To register, email the Suicide Prevention team.
  • May 4, 11 a.m. 
    Be Here Now: Using Mindfulness Meditation in Your Daily Life
    • This webinar will discuss what mindfulness meditation is, misconceptions, benefits and how to incorporate it into your daily life.
  • May 6, 9–11 a.m. 
    Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Day Celebration
    • The celebration at the Texas State Capitol will feature a variety of activities and performances highlighting the importance of promoting children’s mental health, including musical performances, guest speakers and interactive exhibits. For more information, visit the Children’s Mental Health Austin website.
  • May 11, 11 a.m. 
    Sober Curious – Are You Curious About Sober Curious?
    • Panelists will describe the sober curious movement, how they connect to it and how this movement can support mental and whole-body wellness.
  • May 16, 11 a.m. 
    Take Care of Yourself: Suicide Prevention, Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care
    • Participants will learn about the risk factors, protective factors and warning signs for suicide, and how to get help for themselves or a co-worker. The workshop will also focus on stress, burnout and how to combat it, including practical strategies for stress reduction and self-care.
  • May 23, 4:30–5:30 p.m. 
    2023 Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest Virtual Reception
    • Winners of the contest from the 671 submissions across all age groups for original artwork, writing and photography will be announced prior to the reception and posted on the Texas System of Care Gallery webpage. The reception will feature remarks from HHSC executive leadership, a slideshow of the winners’ artwork, a poetry reading and a live question-and-answer panel with artists.
  • May 30, 11 a.m. 
    Peer Support in Texas – Who We Are and What We Do
    • Panelists will share workforce information, eligibility and the process to become a peer specialist and explore a day in the life of a peer specialist.


Get Social: Throughout May, HHSC will post behavioral health messages on its social media pages to promote self-care.

Sign Up for Training: Mental Health First Aid training introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use concerns.

Access Online Learning: The Mental Health Wellness for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (MHW-IDD) online training modules are available to a variety of people, including health care professionals, support providers and caregivers who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs. To register for the trainings, visit the MHW-IDD website.

For more information, visit the HHS Mental Health and Substance Use webpage.