Mental Illness Awareness Week
Mental illnesses are medical illnesses. One in five adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in 17 lives with serious, chronic illness. The good news is that treatment does work and recovery is possible.
See Mental Health By the Numbers compiled by NAMI.
In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined with others in their communities to sponsor activities, large or small, for public education about mental illness. MIAW coincides with the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding and National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 5, 2017).
TRUE: Mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of intelligence, social class, or income level.
FALSE: People with mental illnesses often cause harm to others.
TRUE: Stigma is societal prejudice that can prevent people in need from speaking up or seeking help.
TRUE: Almost 1 in 5 people in American experience some form of mental illness.