Mental Illness Awareness Week

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." — Albus Dumbledore.


Mental Illness Awareness Week occurs during the first week of October this year.

Millions of people live with mental illness and it not only affects them but also those around them family, friends and coworkers.


Mental Illness Awareness Week runs in collaboration with the National Alliance of Mental Illness. NAMI raises awareness of mental illness, fights discrimination and provides support.



Facts about Mental Illness


  1. Having good mental health is important to improve understanding increase access to healthcare.

  2. Mental health affects how we think feel and act.

  3. Physical exercise is effective in helping a person's mental health.

  4. Aerobic activities have been found to reduce anxiety and depression.

  5. Your mental health can change over time.

  6. Mental Health is dependent on many factors. This means that a person's mental health can change over time due to circumstances.


Ways to promote Mental Health Awareness Week


  1. Attend a virtual discussion about Mental Health


2. Get certified in mental health first Aid.

3. Donate to support mental health.


4. Share your mental health story.


5. Practice kindness and compassion.


6. Participate or volunteer in a Mental Health Awareness Event.




More facts about mental illness:


  1. Each year 1 and 5 Americans experience mental illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2. More than half of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness at some point during their lifetime.

3. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.


4. 50% of American adults who experience mental illness in their lifetime will also experience a substance use disorder.