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Learn more about Mental Health

Our surroundings play a significant role in shaping our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and overall health, and learning about the impact of our surroundings on our mental health is a valuable way to take control of our own well-being. Check out the information, resources, and tools we’ve provided to get started.

Neighborhoods & Towns

One of the biggest ways your location can impact your mental health is how easy or hard it is to access the things you need.

Healthy Home Environment

Optimizing your space to improve your mental health is something that anyone can benefit from.

Outdoors & Nature

Spending time in nature is linked to many positive mental health outcomes – improved focus, lower stress, better mood, and reduced risk of developing a mental health condition.

Stable & Safe Housing

Safe and stable housing is a basic need, and it can be difficult or impossible to care for your mental health if that need is not met.


Opening your mind to the outdoors
Shaping your home environment

Additional resources

MHA's complete library of DIY tools
County and state data map
Quick mental health facts
Color psychology explained
Get privacy when you share a living space

Mental Health Month Podcast Series

  • May 3: Does my environment affect my health, featuring Em Skehill
  • May 10: How to feel safe if my home feels unsafe
  • May 17: How do I sleep better, with Dr. Joseph Dzierzewski
  • May 24: How to feel safe in an unsafe neighborhood
  • May 31: How can I connect with nature?
Listen to all of MHA's In the Open podcast episodes


Check out one of our webinars that will cover our Mental Health Month themes during May. Join live or watch the recording!

Future webinars

Community support: Finding connection in unlikely spaces
May 16, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

Connecting your mind, body, and surroundings: Nature as a form of healing
May 25, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

I'm facing housing insecurity, now what?
May 2, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
Hoarding essentials: What to know and how to help
May10, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

Take a Mental Health Test

Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Take a screen

This campaign is supported by contributions from Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.