While mental illness awareness is something we work on every day, we join others in efforts to educate and inspire the public for Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 4 to 10, 2020).
Since Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in 1990, we have joined together with other advocates to sponsor activities, large or small, to educate the public about mental illness.
This year, our focus is on understanding.
Those impacted by mental illness often feel misunderstood. But those in our NAMI community know that the support we give and receive when we share our stories helps us. Connecting with others who understand what we are going through helps support us and provide us with strength in our recovery. When we share information, insights, and personal stories, we can also help end stigma and encourage others to get the help they need.
What do you want others to understand about living with a mental health condition or about what it’s like to be a family member of someone living with mental illness? Share your answer by form here or on the social media posts we share the week of October 4.
Find more ways to share insights and stories.
Learn more about mental health conditions
Find out about our campaign to end mental health stigma