At the beginning of this month, we celebrated this year's Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mental illnesses affect millions of people every year. However, there are still many stigmas associated with this affliction. Some people believe still believe that mental illness is a sign of weakness.
Starting in 1990, the first week in October has been dedicated as Mental Illness Awareness Week. This is week that we can join together as a nation to fight such stigmas. This year's observance was from October 2nd through October 12th.
How Can I Participate?
Although Mental Illness Awareness Week has already passed this year, we can still continue to support those who are affected by it. Here are a few of our suggestions on how to do exactly that:
- Share Your Support. Did you know 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness this year? Those who do not directly experience it will most likely know someone that has, whether a family member, friend, or co-worker. Raise your voice in support of those affected by posting to your favorite social media site. Let others know that mental illness is a serious issue and we should support those who are suffering.
- Share Your Experience. There is something very powerful about the support and encouragement you can get from someone who has "been there." Have you experienced a mental illness? Are you currently working through one? Share your experience and let others who are suffering know that they are not alone.
- Show Your Support. Throughout the year and across the nation, organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness host events to promote awareness. Find an event near you to participate in this year!
In addition to supporting those affected by mental illness, make sure you are taking time to be aware of your own mental health. How are you doing mentally? How are you doing emotionally? Reach out for help if you are overwhelmed or just need to talk. Be aware of others and reach out to people who may be struggling. You'll be surprised by how much simply being aware can help.
To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Mental Health section of our blog.
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