Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 5-12, 2014
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