October 4-10, 2015
RAISE AWARENESS THROUGH EDUCATION!
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 4-10, 2015.
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 PERSON OR A COMMUNITY DO TO RAISE AWARENESS?
Bring a friend to the NAMIWalks NH on Sunday, October 4, 2015
Distribute “See the Person, Not the Illness” posters – available through the NAMI NH office
Ask the library or a local book store to display books on mental illness
Donate a book about mental illness to your local library
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