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Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 4 - October 10
Mental Illness Awareness Week was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October. During this week, mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join to sponsor events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
7 Days, 7 Ways: Increasing Awareness And Promoting Action
This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place from October 4-10, 2020. National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding is October 6, National Depression Screening Day is October 8, and World Mental Health Day is October 10.
7 Mental Health Conditions To Learn About
Many people do not seek treatment in the early stages of mental illnesses because they don’t recognize the symptoms.
During Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mental Health America will focus on sharing information about 7 major mental health conditions:
Each condition coincides with a free screening tool MHA offers at MHAscreening.org. Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Screening helps catch problems early – B4Stage4.
A screening only takes a few minutes, and after you are finished you will be given information about the next steps you should take based on the results. A screening is not a diagnosis, but it can be a helpful tool for starting a conversation with your doctor or a loved one about your mental health. Screening for mental health conditions should be just as normal as screening for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic health condition.
7 Actions To Take During Mental Illness Awareness Week
Not only are we sharing information about mental health conditions each day of the week, but we will also share 7 ways to get involved with mental health awareness and advocacy this week, including:
Challenge your beliefs. Rethink the way you understand mental health and mental illness and explore how “-isms” (such as racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, etc.) relate to mental health. Learn more about the intersections of these issues and their impact on mental health: BIPOC Mental Health
Act on advocacy. Representatives Chu and Smith introduced the PEERS Act of 2020 on September 11, 2020, an important step towards better integrating peer specialists as a key part of mental health care. Ask your Representative to co-sponsor this important bipartisan bill: Take Action
Support others. Many people will go through a challenging time that affects their mental health. There are simple things that every person can say or do to help the people in their life who are struggling to get through the tough times. Here are 7 tips for supporting others: Supporting Others
Reset and engage in self-care. Finding ways to decompress and relax are critical to your mental health. Whether it’s a nap, reading, or calling a friend, take a break from the usual grind. Need help with figuring out what to do? Just do one of these 31 things to boost your mental health: Boost Your Mental Health.
Get screened. Screening for mental health conditions should be just as normal as screening for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic health condition. Taking a mental health screening at MHAScreening.org is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
Get mental health into the debates. Tweet at the debate hosts and moderators to bring mental health to the national spotlight for the presidential and vice presidential debates. Click here to send prepared tweets to the debate hosts and moderators now through October 22.
Give. Whether it’s monetary support, sending someone some love, or volunteering your time, give back to your community. Donate to support Sisters Taking On the Prevention (STOPS) programs, such as public education and community support, here: Support STOPS.
Source: Mental Health America