Mental Illness Awareness Week!
October 6th-12th is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). There are lots of things you can do to spread awareness at your school, in your community or among your friends and family. Here are some ideas:
At school or in your community:
- Post flyers with mental health facts on them. Consider using these facts:
- 1 in 4 young adults has a mental health condition.
- Stigma is the number one barrier to treatment for young adults.
- Donate mental health books to your library.
- Organize a NAMIWalks to raise money for mental health.
- Put mental health advertisements in the newspaper or on the local radio station.
On your own:
- Watch a movie with mental health themes with your friends and family and discuss the important messages after.
- Read a book! Here are some of our suggestions:
- The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks
- Crazy by Pete Earley
- Divided Minds by Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro, M.D.
- The Soloist by Steve Lopez
- Learn the common symptoms of mental health conditions.
- Have a conversation. Talk with your friends and family about their experiences with mental illness, whether they themselves are affected or they know someone who lives with a mental health condition. This is a great chance to discuss how mental health issues impact your life.
Remember: EVERYONE has mental health so this week and these activities are not just for those living with mental health conditions. Just by starting a dialogue on mental health, you are helping to save lives!
For more ideas, visit www.nami.org/miaw.