Mental Illness Awareness Week

 

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 5-12, 2014

Mental Illness Awareness Week

RAISE AWARENESS THROUGH EDUCATION!

MAKE A PLEDGE TO “SEE THE PERSON, NOT THE ILLNESS”

Help us meet our Goal of 5,000 pledges by October 2014!

What is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)?
In 1990, Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Over the past 20 years, mental health advocates across the country have joined together with NAMI during the first week of October to celebrate. This year MIAW will be observed October 5-12, 2014.

MIAW has become a NAMI tradition and is NAMI’s premiere public education and community outreach effort. NAMI affiliates across the country sponsor events to raise awareness about mental illness, put an end to stigma and promote and advocate for treatment and recovery.

WHAT CAN ONE P ERSON OR A COMMUNITY  DO TO RAISE AWARENESS?

Bring a friend to the NAMIWalks NH on Sunday, October 5, 2014

Distribute  “See the Person, Not the Illness” posters – available through the NAMI NH office

Learn the Facts About Mental Illness

Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper

Post about mental illness on Facebook

Read a book or hold a book discussion event

Ask the library or a local book store to display books on mental illness

Donate a book about mental illness to your local library

Host an In Our Own Voice or Life Interrupted presentation

Hold a movie night about mental illness with your family and friends

Have  a movie screening about mental illness at a library or local theater

Put up a bulletin boards or have a resource table at your place of worship – materials available through the NAMI NH office

Offer a Candlelight Vigil

Planning an activity/event in your community? We can help advertise your activity/event on our website and enewsletter. Send the details of your activity/event to: Claudia Ferber via fax at 603.228.8848 or Email.

Visit the NAMI NH Calendar of Events to find events taking place during Mental Illness Awareness Week