Welcome to Mental Illness Awareness Week

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This week is National Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 5-11). Marked by community education efforts across the nation, awareness of the struggles of those who suffer from mental illness is at an all-time high.

The message of help being available and hope being there prevails this year. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) plans several outreach programs from local affiliates in every state during the week. Those interested in finding an event near their location can call 888-NAMI-Helps or visit the NAMI website for more information.

The first full week of October was established as Mental Illness Awareness Week in 1990 by the U.S. Congress to coincide with the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding (October 7) and National Depression Screening Day (October 9).

Around the country, advocates for mental illness awareness will hold fairs, walk-a-thons, poetry readings, concerts, screening events, art exhibits, and more. This year will feature many faith-oriented events at churches, synagogues and mosques nationally.

Find an event near you by contacting your local NAMI office.


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