Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 7-13th Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread.
Why this cause is important: One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMH) is promoting the theme of "CureStigma" throughout Mental Illness Awareness Week which takes place from Oct. 7–13.