Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 4 – 10
Mental Illness Awareness Week, originally established in 1990 thanks to efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is October 4 – 10. NAMI and other mental health organizations are offering a number of good resources and ideas on how you can get involved.
NAMI’s theme for 2015 is “Stigma Free” and companies, organizations, individuals and others are being encouraged to take this pledge to learn more about mental illness, to see a person for who they are and take action on mental health issues. You can take the pledge and raise awareness here.
As it is with many things, ignorance breeds fear, and so education and awareness about mental illness are more important than ever. It’s especially important to reduce stigma in an effort to encourage people to acknowledge and seek help for mental health conditions, as symptoms often worsen over time without treatment.
Take a look at NAMI’s infographic on Mental Illness below, and be sure to visit their website for facts about mental health conditions.
Dana joined the iCarol team in 2013 after 12 years of direct service and administrative duties at a suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and empathetic listening helpline that also served as a 2-1-1 information and referral service. As the Communications and Social Media Manager at iCarol, you’ll find her presenting Webinars, Tweeting, Blogging, Facebooking, and producing other materials that aid helplines in their work.
In her spare time, Dana enjoys birdwatching, gardening, animal caregiving, and spending time with her family.