Mental Illness Awareness Week is here again and it’s time for you to show your support for this great cause. You can show your support by fighting the mental illness stigma that surrounds this condition. This is an important fight because so many people will not get the treatment they need because of the fear, guilt, shame, and rejection that usually accommodates mental health problems.
Mental Illness Awareness Week will take place the first full week of October. This week-long event will take place between October 6 – October 12 in 2019. Millions of people all over the country are expected to participate in this nationally recognized affair. Mental Illness Awareness Week has been taking place since 1990 when it was first created by the U.S. Congress and sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
The National Alliance on Mental Illness tells us that at least 1 in 4 American people are suffering from some type of mental health issue. They also state that nearly 48% of these individuals have two or more mental health problems. These numbers reveal that there is a huge problem in America when it comes to people’s sanity and well-being. Bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder are two examples of this problem.
The fight against mental health stigma is something that everyone should be engaged in. You might know someone with a bipolar disorder or someone struggling with a major depressive disorder. You should also know that most American adults will suffer some type of mental health issue at some point in their life. This issue should be taken seriously.
Most people don’t want to accept the fact that they might have a mental health disorder. People don’t want to feel like they’re inferior or weak because of a mental health condition. Other people dealing with mental health issues don’t want to be shunned or treated differently because their mind is not functioning right.
NAMI and other mental health organizations around the nation are going to sponsor various activities for Mental Illness Awareness Week. Workshops and public forums about the stigma of mental illness are normally given by organizations. Passing out fliers and having group sessions are other activities people can participate in to do their part in spreading awareness about our society’s struggle with mental health disorders.
NAMI even sponsors walks and runs to raise awareness about the stigma surrounding mental health issues. They encourage people to join up with NAMI or to join some other organization that fights against mental health problems. They even teach people how to have compassion, understanding, and empathy to help others to overcome a mental health disorder.
Walks, runs and other charitable events are typical endeavors during Mental Illness Awareness Week. Keynote speakers on mental health are also a part of these events. People spread the message about mental health illness, they go out and speak with their neighbors about this issue, and they engage in online activities and discussions. There are many things that you can do to show your support and fight against mental illness stigma. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has many great ideas that can help you to overcome the stigma surrounding this important issue.