Mental Health Awareness Month

Every May, we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month as a time to raise awareness about mental health, break down stigma and share resources to support ourselves and each other.

Trauma can affect anyone. A trauma-informed approach to care recognizes and responds to the impact of adverse experiences on an individual’s long-term emotional and physical health.

Systemic injustices and stigma can greatly increase the likelihood that someone might be impacted by trauma. In Baltimore, white supremacist structures like redlining have intentionally kept the city steeped in discriminatory systems, violence, neglect and poverty for generations, resulting in people experiencing trauma at higher rates than in other Maryland communities:

  • 24% of people in Baltimore live below the poverty line compared to 9.9% of people statewide.
  • In Baltimore, 33% of adults have experienced three or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), compared to 23% statewide.
Census Bureau, ACS 5-year estimates 2010-2015 , 2015 Brief Risk Factor Surveillance Survey
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Maryland: Data from the 2018 Maryland BRFSS

Given these disparities, it is crucial to be informed about the impact of trauma on the mental health of Baltimoreans while making space to celebrate the city’s beauty and resilience. Stay tuned for insights from BHSB staff to learn more about what it means to be trauma-informed.


From processing trauma to facing everyday stressors, the resources below offer a wide range of support.

Need more help?
If you feel like you need more support, we’re always here to help. Call the 988 helpline anytime you need emergency emotional support. It’s free, confidential, and available 24/7. Learn more about what to expect when you call here.

Here’s how we honored Mental Health Awareness Month in:

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