October 2-8 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and an opportunity to learn more about mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Advocates across the country sponsor a variety of events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses. The aim of the week is to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and dispel some of the fears we have about people with mental illness. Congress established the first MIAW in 1990 in recognition of the efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to raise awareness about mental illnesses.
Please share our “Facing Mental Illness” infographic with statistics showing the prevalence of mental illnesses in our society. We invite you to make it a part of your educational outreach and campaigns focused on the MIAW’s theme, “changing attitudes and changing lives.” Mental illness can affect anyone. In fact, one in four adults will experience a mental disorder in any given year. Help us spread the important message that mental illnesses are medical illnesses, and treatment is available.