Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 6-12, 2013
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 6-12, 2013.
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 One Person Can Do?
Not everyone can participate in public events-there are still ways to participate. Visit NAMI Nationals website. That site provides a few basic steps that can be informative and fun.
What Communities Can Do?
We hope that each community will partner with NAMI NH in raising awareness of mental illness, educating their community that “Recovery is Possible” by offering a MIAW event/activity. If you would like assistance in planning or acquiring materials, please contact Claudia at 603.225.5359, ext 313 or Email or visit NAMI National’s website.
If you plan to offer a MIAW event/activity in your community, we would love to hear about it. We will also help advertise your event/activity. Send the details of your event/activity 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