Mental Health Awareness Days 2023


What to Know About Mental Health Awareness Days 2023

Mental health is a crucial part of overall wellness. Are you practicing some self-care, helping out others, going through with a wellness initiative at work or doing other mental health-related activities or events? If so, now would be the time to note that those who take part in these activities or events are much less likely to have mental health symptoms or disorders. 

Because there are currently, more and more teenagers developing mental health disorders like addiction than in years past, it is vital that we discuss how beneficial Mental Health Awareness Days 2023 will be. 

If you or a loved one already know you are going to need help to overcome mental health-related issues or if you need more intensive treatment than what you have been getting, our Through the Archway team is here for you.

January – Monitoring and Mind-Body Wellness 

January is National Mentoring Month. 

There are far too many young children and adolescent-aged kids who have difficulties with bullying, communicating and generally just being in conversations out of their hometown. If you are looking into things to do this coming January and you care about your own and other people’s mental health, Mental Health Mentoring Month is a time you can celebrate positive, healthy relationships and lifestyle choices.

We also want to bring up that, on January 3rd, International Mind-Body Wellness Day will be here. This day gives people the opportunity to benefit from and celebrate their own health in life by spreading awareness of health, habits, actions, purpose and emotions to others. 

February – Prevent Mental Health Issues 

February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month. There are far too many people who deal with low self-esteem and many reasons why this happens, too. If you or someone you know is dealing with low self-esteem, don’t hesitate to get them the help they need. Sometimes, this may be a listening ear and other times, it may be reaching out to a professional who can best help them.

In addition to International Boost Self-Esteem Month, on February 3rd, it is Time to Talk Day. On this day, people focus on how important it is to reach out to those in their support network, family and friend groups. On Time to Talk Day, you can do your best to expand awareness or help to change the stigmatization against mental health. The more people who do this, the more mental health issues we will be able to prevent. 

March – Teenagers and Sleep

March doesn’t have any mental health monthly awareness programs. However, they do have two smaller ones on separate days. 

March 2nds is World Teen Mental Wellness Day. This is a day when people bring awareness to issues that affect adolescent kids and their family members who deal with mental health symptoms and disorders. You can do your part by offering to help teenagers with mental health conditions, being understanding when they are talking to you and guiding them through their recovery, if possible, too. 

March 14th to 20th is Sleep Awareness Week. This mental health awareness week starts the same day as Daylight Savings Time begins. It makes perfect sense to bring awareness to the importance of sleep at this time of the year because we all lose that one hour of sleep on Daylight Savings Time. 

April – Stress is a Problem and Laughter is a Solution

April is Stress Awareness Month. It is first important to note that each person handles stress in their own ways. While we can discuss with one another how we handle mental health issues, that doesn’t mean those exact same treatments or activities will help the next person. 

With this being said, our Through the Archway team wants you to start conversing with your friends and loved ones about your and their mental health. By doing this, we can help to bring your or your loved one’s mental health state back up again. 

April 14th is International Moment of Laughter Day. This is a day when people are encouraged to laugh. There are many community-based fun activities (depending on where you are located) and laughter coming down the streets and in the parks. Research shows that stress is also lowered when people laugh, so April is a fantastic month for improving your mental health. 

May – Mental Health Awareness and Garden Meditation

May is mental health awareness month. During this month, we focus on how trauma and other issues affect a person’s overall well-being. Some of the ways it does this include through our:

  • Mental health 
  • Emotional health
  • Physical health
  • Relationships 

If you are struggling with your mental health, it is time to become more aware of it, so you can make a treatment plan to help you overcome these issues. 

May 3rd is International Garden Meditation Day. Sure, you can still meditate inside your home, car, gym or at work. However, studies show that when people get outside into nature, they are much less stressed and happier to be alive, as well. So, the next time you need to get out of your head be sure to go out near a garden and meditate. 

June – PTSD Awareness and Yoga 

June is National PTSD Awareness Month. PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. During the month of June, people are highly encouraged to spread awareness revolving around post-traumatic stress disorder, the effects of this disorder and which treatments are available for working through PTSD. 

On June 21st, it is International Yoga Day. Yoga is an ancient form of spiritual, mental and physical practice that began in India. From that time on, yoga has been used to improve mental and physical health. People from all around the world practice yoga. There are also different forms of yoga that you can do, as well, so you don’t have to worry about being a beginner. 

July – Minority Mental Health Awareness 

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It began in 2008. During the month of July, professionals and other people work to amplify individualized struggles that certain minorities and/or communities face. They also talk about how those issues impact their mental health. 

If you are a minority and need to get mental health treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. 

August – Grief Awareness

August 30th is National Grief Awareness Day. Every year this day is observed. It encourages people who have lost someone or something in their life to talk about it and work through it. This doesn’t mean you have to forget about the person or thing you are grieving over. However, it does mean that, in time, you can heal, communicate better with others and ultimately, help others who need to overcome grief, too. 

September – Suicide Prevention Week

From September 4th through the 10th, it is National Suicide Prevention Week. This is a week in which doctors, healthcare workers, other professionals, daycare workers, teachers, parents and other adults work with teenagers to improve their overall mental health. Generally, the better they feel about themselves, the less likely they would be to commit suicide. 

It may also be beneficial to note that September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. 

October – Depression Screening, Mental Illness Awareness,  World Mental Health Day, and National Mentoring Day 

October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month. October also has quite a few days in which people are encouraged to focus on their mental health. On the 6th of this month, it is National Depression Screening Day. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with any sort of mental health symptoms or disorders, don’t wait any longer to get help. On this day, we want to encourage you to spread or learn about depression screenings and how often or when they need to be done. 

The week of October 2nd through the 8th is Mental Illness Awareness Week. In this week’s timeframe, people are bringing about more awareness to mental health conditions and symptoms. People will learn that mental health disorders don’t look the same in everyone. 

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Throughout this day, people are raising awareness regarding specific and generalized mental health issues. In addition, people are fighting for the right to have all mental health services covered under health insurance, as people should be able to be in the best mental state possible, just like they can be physically. 

October 27th is National Mentoring Day. If you have someone who is your hero or someone that you look up to, don’t hesitate to tell them how much they mean to you on this day. It could be your parent, aunt, teacher, neighbor, friend, janitor at your school or anyone else whom you trust. 

November – Stress Awareness and World Kindness

November has 2 separate dates for mental health-related awareness. This doesn’t mean you can’t spread knowledge about this topic at other times during the month. It just goes to show you that November is one of the best months to talk to a loved one or friend about their mental health.

With this being said, November 2nd is National Stress Awareness Day. On this day, people are there for each other, helping to identify stressors in that person’s life. If you want to improve your mental health, it may be beneficial for you to write down your stressors and other mental health-related information in a journal. You can always work more on your journal to improve your future another time. 

On November 13th, it is World Kindness Day. This is a day in which people should promote how critical it is to spread kindness throughout the nation and world. The main purpose of having this day is for people to better understand each other and have compassion for one another. 

December – Call a Friend Day

There aren’t any month-long awareness programs for mental health during December either. However, being that is nearing the end of the year and you want to finish it off strong, December 28th would be a great day to call one of your friends, as it is National Call a Friend Day. Working on these connections in your life can help you feel so much better mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

Get Help on Mental Health Awareness Days or Any Other Time Throughout the Year

Do you or someone you know struggle with mental health-related issues such as PTSD, OCD, anxiety or depression? If so, you read above there are days and weeks and even months where people focus on improving mental health. You can use these tips or share them with your loved one.


Contact us today if you need mental health-related treatment for you, a friend or a loved one, as well. 

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Marion Weston, executive director


Executive Director

Marion Weston, Certified Interventionist, has been sober since November of 1989. Since then, she has sponsored many women through the 12-steps as well as being heavily involved in service. Also, Marion has led step workshops and has given talks in Nebraska, South Florida, Washington, New Jersey, Sweden and many other venues.

She has been involved since her first days in recovery with her Church and has enjoyed years of success in the chemical addiction field. Originally from Bellingham, Washington, Marion now resides in South Florida. Her favorite phrase is “turning scars into stars”.

Peter and Marion have a combined sobriety time of nearly 60 years, and a combined 40 years being in service to others in the field of treating substance use disorder.

Marion has been involved in recovery for over 25 years. She has walked many women down the path of recovery on both a personal and public level. Having been a part of 1-on-1 mentor-ship in recovery guiding women towards freedom, to leading various workshops to educate groups of men and women on the practical approach to a sober lifestyle. Marion strives to better herself and be of service to those around her.

Women recovering from alcohol addiction sometimes find it extremely difficult to survive without medications, the Through The Archway program helps them learn different dimensions of life and get over with addictions eventually.

Andrea Morganstein MS, RD, LDN, CDCES, Registered dietitian



Andrea Morganstein MS, RD, LDN, CDCES is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist who received her Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Some of her certifications include weight management, functional nutrition, fitness, and diabetes.  She currents owns a private practice in Davie, Florida and works one-on-one with individuals helping them achieve a healthier lifestyle using conventional nutrition as well as functional/integrative nutrition concepts. 

She started her career in Sports Nutrition and weight management but over the years has expanded her knowledge and expertise to include diabetes, mental health and substance abuse. As a contractor for multiple local addiction and mental health facilities, Andrea shares her passion and knowledge about nutrition in conjunction with behavioral changes with her clients suffering from mental health disorders including disordered eating and substance abuse. She works with them individually as well as in a group setting.

Alex Lizardo, Group facilitator



Alex Lizardo is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, philanthropist, and an unshakable optimist. She is an obsessive learner who spends time reading, writing and creating strategic projects to help individuals make their dreams a reality. She is was born and raised in Venezuela, having moved to the United States in 2010 and established presence as a certified life coach with a specialization in spiritual psychology. A mechanical engineer and marketer by trade, she is currently a yoga and meditation instructor, reiki master, theta healer, and pranic healer. Her work focuses on trauma in inner child wounding and emotional codependency. She is a bonafide mental health advocate, and her passion for helping others is evident in all of her interactions with the Sylvia Brafman family.

Vinny Richards, Group facilitator



Vinny Richards is a unique therapist who went from working as an in-house therapist in various treatment centers to being a successful group facilitator bringing motivational enhancement lectures and relapse prevention programs to the mental health therapeutic community. His direct, authentic approach resonates greatly with the patients at SBMHC. Originally hailing from New York City, Vinny has also engaged in individual therapy with hundreds of clients over the last several decades.

Talia DeLuca (ACE, PPSC), Group facilitator



Ms. Talia DeLuca is certified fitness coach (ACE, PPSC) who is passionate about helping others to understand the important interplay between fitness, exercise, and mental health. She attended Boston College where she received a B.S. in Political Science and minored in Managing for Social Impact. During her time spent at BC Talia earned her personal training certification and became an instructor at the university recreation center. Talia further discovered her passion for fitness and mental health during an internship with Happify in her Junior year of college, where she helped to create an exercise program for app users to alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression. She is now a trainer at Anatomy in Midtown, Miami.

Talia grew up in a small town in Rhode Island and has spent the majority of her life in New England before moving to Miami in June of 2021. Throughout her youth and in school she struggled with anxiety, depression, disordered eating and other mental health challenges. Exercise has become a necessary aspect of her life that has helped her to better manage and overcome these challenges. In addition to training and fitness, Talia loves to spend time with her dog, eat, and travel.

Linda Milano, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner



Mrs. Linda Milano is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about incorporating a whole health approach in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. She attended Florida International University where she first received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and later a Master’s of Science Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has over 25 years of experience treating patients with substance abuse and mental illness. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Mrs. Milano also runs a private practice with over 200 patients. She grew up in a small town in Virginia. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Jim Magner, Director of business development



Jim Magner has worked in the field of substance abuse and mental health for the last 15 years. He has always had a passion for helping others. Jim has held many leadership positions over the course of his career and draws on his own recovery experience to assist families and their loved ones.  Born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, Jim now lives in Coral Springs with his wife Courtney and 2 kids. When he’s not working or playing with his family, Jim’s hobbies include golfing, fishing, working out and watching Wheel of Fortune, which he was a contestant on back in 2017.

Linda Newman, Primary Therapist



Linda Newman was born and raised in NJ. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Monmouth College followed by her Master’s degree from Georgian Court University. She started my career in 1993 and have been working in the counseling field since then in different arena’s. I started as an A/D adolescent counselor for 5 years until my second child was born. At which time, I took some time off to raise my family. Upon returning to work, I did some counseling in the school setting for some time. I also spent some time on the alliance in my town and assisted in creating programs for the school district regarding alcohol and drug education. She relocated to Florida in 2011 and have been here ever since When I moved to Florida, I went back to SA/MH which I’ve been doing consistently since then. I have 2 amazing children.

Michael Lenok, MA, Primary Therapist



Mr. Michael Lenok, MA, is a primary therapist at SBMHC.  Michael has been working in the field of substance use and mental health disorders since 2017. Michael is proficient with individual therapy and case management. He takes a very personalized and individualistic approach to treatment, and works in collaboration with each and every client to help them realize their true potential. Michael excels at group facilitation. His group curriculum and material is personally created and original. Michael’s unique approach to treatment for co-occurring disorders is something that is unique to SBMHC.

Michael has a Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Syracuse University. Michael is a native New Yorker but is settling in Florida after spending the past 3 years in Washington and Massachusetts. He is a diehard New York Knicks fan, and makes far too many basketball references. He spends most of his free time chilling with his dog, Mamba.

Tricia Taylor, Clinical Nurse



Tricia Taylor a detailed oriented Licensed Practical Nurse with extensive experience in business operations, patient services and work well with team members and doctors.

Possesses exceptional team building, communication, and interpersonal skills and the ability to quickly adapt to the ever-changing business environment. Creative problem solver that works closely with doctors and staff to provide real time solutions.

Cynthia Ingram, Director of admissions and case management



Ms. Cynthia Ingram has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment for over 25 years. Cynthia, through her own personal experience, strength, and hope, has worked closely with many treatment centers, community providers, courts and other organizations who walk with the same vision and purpose, to help those who struggle with mental illness. Through this journey her purpose is clear: to give back what was so freely given to her.

Valeska Medel, Director of operations



Ms. Valeska Medel has been a professional in the healthcare industry for the past 17 years, with a primary focus on the operational and administrative functions. She comes with 15 years of experience as the Executive Assistant to the Administrator for a skilled nursing facility and an additional year as a Business Development associate for a Behavioral Health Hospital. Valeska attend Florida Atlantic University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration.

She has certifications from Broward College in Business Operations, Business Specialist, Accounting Technology Operations, and Human Resources Management.

Valeska grew up a small town in Chile and moved to the United States at the age of 28 where she learned and became fluent in English. Outside of work, Valeska enjoys Latin dancing, travel, and cooking.

Jaime Blaustein is Co-Founder and CEO of Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center



Credentials & Accolades

  • Credit Suisse – Investment Banking
  • Lord Abbett – Institutional Sales
  • Morgan Stanley & Wells Fargo – Wealth Management
  • Duke University – MBA
  • University of Michigan – BA

Mr. Jaime Blaustein is Co-Founder and CEO of SBMHC. Prior to this role, he was an investment banker at Credit Suisse in its Global Industrials coverage group in New York City. Here he was responsible for advising clients in the basic materials sector on strategic matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, restructurings and various debt and equity financings. Prior to this role, he worked in institutional sales at Lord Abbett, a mutual fund manager overseeing ~$150 billion in assets under management. He previously worked in wealth management at Morgan Stanley and later Wells Fargo, advising a wide array of clients on investment strategies.

Jaime received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from Duke University. He is an unapologetic NY Giants, Duke Blue Devils and Michigan Wolverine fan. His interests include fitness, steakhouses, international travel, meditation retreats, and quality time with friends. Jaime is a newly minted resident of Miami. He is actively involved in sponsoring dozens of men in recovery and is beyond excited to marry his business expertise with his passion for helping others make a comeback from the depths of mental illness and addiction.

Peter Marinelli, executive director



Through the Archway

Credentials & Accolades

  • International Circuit – Speaker
  • Certified Interventionist
  • National Council on Alcoholism – Speaker
  • Through The Archway – Founder
  • FHE Health Sober Living Program with Peter Marinelli

Peter Marinelli, Certified Interventionist and published author, has been sober since 1988 and has dedicated his life to helping others recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. The spiritual emersion program at Through The Archway has been created by Peter Marinelli. As an international circuit speaker, Peter has given hundreds of talks across the U.S. and Europe on subjects related to recovery.

He has spoken at numerous treatment centers, universities and medical organizations to both sufferers and clinicians alike. Peter has also been invited to speak for the National Council on Alcoholism and has been a guest on talk radio and has done workshops on spiritual transformation for various religious organizations.

He has spent the majority of his sobriety in the Treatment Center industry. Peter Marinelli’s mission is to help addicts and alcoholics recover from their fatal illness. He is the Founder and CEO of Through the Archway, a 30-day program designed to help suffering addicts reclaim their lives.

Dr. Linda Dolin, Medical Director of Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center



Credentials & Accolades

  • Destination Hope –  Medical Director
  • House of Hope –  Medical Director
  • Florida Medical Center – Internal Medicine Physician
  • Florida University Hospital – Internal Medicine Physician
  • Milestones in Recovery – Internal Medicine Physician
  • MedPsych Consultants – Founding Partner

Dr. Linda Dolin is the Medical Director of SBMHC. She received her medical degree from Chicago Medical School and went on to complete her residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Dolin brings nearly 32 years of experience as a practicing internal medical physician to her role as medical director at The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center. Her medical practice consists entirely of inpatient and outpatient clients with psychiatric diagnoses.

Dr. Richard Seely, Director of psychiatry

Richard Seely


Credentials & Accolades

  • Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine – Board Certified
  • Florida Medical Center – Psychiartrist
  • Florida Society of Addiction Medicine – Officer & Director
  • Profes sionals Resource Network – Evaluator & Provider
  • Princeton University – AB
  • Jefferson Medical College – MD

Dr. Richard Seely educated at Princeton University, Jefferson Medical College, and University of Miami residency in psychiatry, Dr. Rick Seely is Board-certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry, and also in addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He serves as an evaluator and provider for Florida’s Impaired Professionals Programs and for professional sports teams, and as a consultant to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Dr. Seely is an addiction medicine psychiatrist who has served as medical director of addiction treatment centers in South Florida since 1990 and has had the privilege of assessing and treating over 100,000 individuals suffering from the disease of addiction. He has taught addiction psychiatry at medical schools for over 35 years and supervises psychiatric resident physicians in addiction medicine.

In long-term recovery from addiction himself, Dr. Seely empathizes with patients and provides clear, consistent, and compassionate guidance in their recovery efforts. He imparts his experience and knowledge in a manner consistent with humility and dedication to spreading the message of hope and recovery.

Ben Brafman, MS, LMHC, CAP, Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center

Ben Brafman


Credentials & Accolades

  • Destination Hope –  President & CEO
  • The Academy for Addiction Professionals – President & CEO
  • Rx Angels – President & CEO
  • Sullivan Pharmacy – President & CEO
  • Barry University – Mental Health Counseling and Family Therapy

Mr. Ben Brafman, MS, LMHC, CAP is Co-Founder and Clinical Director of SBMHC. He has founded a multitude of programs focusing on addiction, men’s issues, eating disorders and personality disorders. Ben was Founder, President and CEO of Destination Hope, a treatment center specializing in substance abuse and mental health disorders, established in 2007. Ben is also the founder, President and CEO of The Academy for Addiction Professionals. The Academy is a school geared toward preparing professionals for the field of addiction by assisting students in getting their CBHT, CAS, CAC, and CAP. Additionally, Ben is also Founder, President and CEO of Rx Angels, a non-profit organization. Its main purpose is to help families that cannot afford medication and treatment for their mentally ill loved ones.

Ben has been in the field of behavioral health for 25 years. He has developed several programs in the South Florida area and has been instrumental in teaching other professionals how to effectively manage their clinical programs. Ben is recognized as a leading authority in behavioral health and a pioneer in clinical services. He is also actively involved in several community services programs. He has helped families all over the country from Atlanta, Georgia to Santa Barbara, California. He is a published author in the area of dual diagnosis and behavioral health. Additionally, Ben is a leading expert in family issues related to addiction and its impact on the system of family, having positively influenced thousands of families in his career.

Ben has a dual Masters from Barry University in Counseling and Family Therapy. Mr. Brafman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He is also a Certified Addiction Professional and trains supervisors in the state of Florida to supervise others effectively. He resides in Parkland, Florida with his wife, Suzanne, and his 3 children Abigail, Jacob and Elijah. He has completed several marathons and is currently working on publishing books in the area of addiction, mental illness and behavioral health.