HHSC Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Health and Human Services Commission is highlighting a variety of events, trainings, webinars and resources to raise awareness about mental health issues.

To register for a webinar or training, click on the links below or RSVP by email.

May 9, noon to 1 p.m.

Explore Healing Through Creativity: An Introduction to Art Therapy and Its Impact
This interactive webinar will include a presentation, mini-documentary and discussion with participants on art therapy.

May 20, 10–11 a.m.

Eating Disorders: What You Need to Know
This presentation will help attendees identify eating disorders and provide resources on how to seek support and learn more about these complex mental and physical disorders.

May 21, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Mental Health Creative Arts Contest Virtual Reception
This reception will honor the winners of the 2024 Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest sponsored by the Texas System of Care, Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin, and HHSC. The event will include a slideshow of the winning artwork, a poetry reading, a live question-and-answer panel with the artists, and remarks from HHSC executive leadership.

May 22, 10-11 a.m.

Fentanyl Awareness
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin. It is a major contributor to drug poisoning deaths in Texas. About one in four Texans report having experienced an opioid overdose or knowing someone who has. Join this parent-focused webinar to gain a comprehensive understanding of fentanyl and its dangers as well as practical ways to protect your loved ones from deadly fentanyl poisonings.

May 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Navigating the System to Recovery
It can be challenging to navigate recovery, but when you are part of a disadvantaged group, the “who, what, when and where” can be even more challenging. A panel of peers will tell their story of navigating the system and share pointers on finding the needed resources not only for recovery, but as a launchpad or foundation for their current careers.

May 29, 11 a.m. to noon

Self-Care is Suicide Prevention
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 how to combat stress and burnout, including practical strategies for stress reduction and self-care.

May 31, 10–11 a.m.

The Importance of Self-Care While Caregiving
This presentation will teach caregivers how to care for their own mental health.

Get Social: Throughout May, HHS will post behavioral health messages on Facebook, X, and Instagram to promote self-care.

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