The American Psychological Association is honoring Mental Health Awareness Month in May with a range of activities aimed at providing important insights into the status of mental health for minority and vulnerable communities and finding solutions and sharing resources to address critical gaps in comprehensive care and policy.

About 1 in 59 eight -year-old children in 11 communities across the United States were identified as having autism in 2014, according to a report published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summary.

During the month of May, we observe National Mental Health Awareness Month and reaffirm our commitment to improving the overall health and well-being of our Nation.  America has made tremendous strides in providing treatment and recovery support services for individuals who experience mental illnesses.  Yet sadly, stigma and misconceptions about mental illness persist.  The negative stereotypes surrounding mental illness deter people who may experience these disorders from getting help that can improve their lives and their ability to achieve their full potential.

Margaret McCaffery has been elected as the newest member of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors. Her term began on April 18, 2018.

Smoothie King, the leading smoothie brand committed to inspiring guests to live a healthy and active lifestyle with more than 900 locations worldwide, has collaborated with the American Cancer Society to create the Daily Warrior, a great-tasting, high-calorie smoothie that is designed to help people who face challenges meeting their daily caloric and nutritional needs. The Daily Warrior smoothie is blended with fruits and vegetables as well as protein, fiber, calcium, iron and potassium to help those individuals power through their day.

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke and a catalyst and partner in building healthier communities, is launching a new business line -- Health Screening Services ™.