Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week

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 25 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 2-8, 2016.

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?

Create a walk team and join NAMIWalks NH on Sunday, October 2, 2016

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

Learn the Facts About Mental Illness

Post support for mental health on your Facebook page

Add
a bulb to the memorial tree

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

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

Talk aabout the importance of mental health at your church or place of worship, for more information click here

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