Mental Health Month

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, as 1 in 5 U.S. adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. However, everyone is affected or impacted by mental illness through friends and family.

Throughout May, we work to raise awareness for mental health. Each year, we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger.

Mental Health Moth 2018 is over, but you can help #ChangetheConversation all year long. Check out our other events or volunteer opportunities.

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2018 Events

Tuesday, May 1
Tuesday Night Stories
Austin Playback Theatre Troupe
Doors at 7 p.m., Show at 7:30 p.m. | First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave  | Suggested donation of $7 – $15
Austin Playback Theatre offers an engaging improvisational theater experience where the audience shares impressions and stories, and the troupe plays them back. Join us as we share stories that change mental health perspectives. Come share your story or be inspired by the stories of others! All proceeds benefit NAMI Austin.

Friday, May 4
Go Green for Mental Health
After Dark | City Hall | FREE
City Hall in downtown Austin will join landmarks all over the world as we Go Green for Mental Health, lighting up their buildings in honor of Mental Health Month!


Saturday, May 5
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Vince Young & Sheriff Sally Hernandez

9 a.m.-12 p.m. | South Steps of the State Capitol | FREE
Help us launch Mental Health Month with a special celebration of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Join us for this rally featuring speaker and NAMI Austin partner, Sheriff Sally Hernandez and keynote Vince Young. Stick around after the rally for live music, food, giveaways, games, and fun! NAMI Austin will be on hand to provide information on our children and youth programming and resources for families and schools.

Wednesday, May 9
Nerd Nite: Mental Health Data That Will Blow Your Mind
Dr. Daniel Morehead, MD

8 p.m. | North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin | FREE
How much ‘common knowledge’ about mental health is wrong? Can you believe what you read in the media about mental illness? Is it even real? Is it relevant to you? How well do treatments work for mental compared to other medical conditions? Is talk therapy just ‘psychobabble’?  Psychiatrist Daniel Morehead MD will “blow your mind” with this nerdy, research-based talk on misunderstood and often fascinating mental health data.

Thursday, May 10
Mental Health Month Night at Round Rock Express Game
7:05 p.m. | Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock | $6 – $12,
Cheer on the Round Rock Express as they take on the New Orleans Baby Cakes. Support NAMI Austin and honor Mental Health Month with this fun evening at the ballpark. The team will donate 25% of every ticket sold though our group to NAMI Austin! The first 1,000 attendees will also win a Chupacabra glow-in-the-dark t-shirt.

Thursday, May 17
What’s the Fix? 2018 Panel: It Takes a Village
Sheriff Sally Hernandez, Father Charlie Garza and Karen Ranus

Panel at 1 p.m. (Conference lasts all day) | Dell Medical School, 1501 Red River St, Austin | Free
What’s the Fix? (#WTFix) is a movement and an event that started in 2017 to help the industry learn from people. Most health care conferences focus on industry insiders talking to each other. What’s the Fix? highlights real people with real stories of overcoming health care challenges and driving change to the system as a result. Join Karen Ranus, Sheriff Sally Hernandez and Father Charlie Garza as they share how It Takes a Village to address mental health in our community.

Thursday, May 24
Hope Heals: An Evening with Kevin Hines
7 p.m. Program, 8 p.m. Dessert Reception | AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd. | $25,
During this inspiring event, Kevin will share his personal story of living with a mental health condition and his journey to recovery after he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge at 19 years old. Today, Kevin dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope and sharing his art of living mentally well. He is one of the most respected and admired voices of lived experience. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.

Admission includes free parking and dessert reception. Theater snacks and cash bar available. Sponsorships available.

Thursday, May 31
Testify Austin: Legacy
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Spider House Ballroom | $5
Testify is a monthly show featuring five people telling true, personal stories live on stage. Each month has a different theme that connects stories spanning the human experience, often in unexpected ways.  Join us as Executive Director Karen Ranus shares her story.
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All Month Long
Depressed Cake Shop
Locations all over Austin!
Bakeries all over Austin are partnering with NAMI Austin to create Depressed Cake Shop pop-up bakeries to promote Mental Health Month. Items are decorated with an element of gray to signify the gray cloud that can descend over a beautiful world when someone is struggling with mental health issues. Bright colors inside the dessert represent the hope that always continues. Bakeries include Sweetish Hill BakeryZucchini KillSweet Treets BakerySkull and CakebonesCupprimoFat Cats: Organic Coffee & Desserts, and Dream Bakery.

Visit  for a complete list of participating bakeries.

Partner with NAMI Austin

Are you interested in partnering with NAMI Austin or sponsoring a Mental Health Month event? Contact Christina Schneider, Community Relations Coordinator, at