Mental Health Awareness Week – October 2-8
Being bipolar myself, I can say that this weeks very important to me. I have become a huge advocate over the last few years about mental illnesses, especially bipolar disorder. I blog about it frequently and try to get the word out to all of my friends and family about how we must be aware of how many Americans are affected by some sort of mental illness. And not only must we know, but we also must be educated, so that you can spot the signs of someone who might be hurting or worse. Suicide prevention is real, and too many times, the signs were there and no one knew what to look for. And depression and anxiety are also forms of mental illnesses too. Please pledge today that you will become closer to your community and learn what you need to know about mental illnesses and how we can all help each other.
- Mental Illness Awareness Week
- Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.
“During the first full week of October, NAMI and participants across the country are raising awareness of mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger.”
“During Mental Illness Awareness Week on Oct. 2-8, join NAMI in shining a light on mental illness and replacing stigma with hope by taking the #StigmaFree pledge at http://www.nami.org/stigmafree.”
“To help spread the word, NAMI’s #MIAW pages provide a variety of resources to download, such as flyers, posters and social media graphics. Our resource toolkit contains press releases and other templates to customize within your communities.”
“We believe that mental health issues are important to address year-round, but highlighting them during #MIAW provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the tens of millions of Americans affected by mental illness.”
“If you or someone you know may need a mental health assessment, anonymous online tools are available. For National Depression Screening Day on Oct. 6, you can get a free mental health screening at HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org.”