Although paying attention to mental health is important all year long, Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 2-8, 2016) is a particularly important time to join the conversation and spread hope for the millions of people affected by mental illness. Sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mental Illness Awareness Week raises awareness, fights stigma, and promotes screening for mental illness.
Our society has come a long way in cultivating the dialogue on mental health: We are talking about it, tweeting about it, and even celebrities are speaking out to share their stories. But for the 1 in 5 children and adults who faces mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) every day, the stubborn stigma attached to these conditions often gets in the way of opening up about the condition and seeking help.
Small actions, like asking a friend how he or she is doing, offering an encouraging word of support, or performing a random act of kindness, will help ensure that our families, communities, and societies are safe spaces for those experiencing mental illness. Let’s replace stigma with hope, misunderstanding with education, and judgment with kindness and empathy.
Remember that mental illness can affect anyone. Speak up. Ask questions. Have compassion.
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Mental Illness Awareness Week Resources
Learn more about mental illness signs, symptoms, and treatment.
Access local mental health resources.
Take the #StigmaFree pledge.