The Caring Force Blog Mental Illness Awareness Week 2021

| Caroline O'Neill

The Caring Force recognizes Mental Illness Awareness Week 2021.

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) on Oct. 3-9, 2021, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and participants across the country are raising awareness of mental illness and dispelling myths. Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as MIAW, advocates have worked together to sponsor activities, large and small, to educate the public about mental illness.

One in five adults experience mental illness every year, and 50% of chronic mental illness begins by age 14. Although many people today understand that mental illness is a medical condition, there are too many myths surrounding mental health conditions. And with these myths comes stigma, misunderstanding and discrimination.

Mental illness is an issue close to the human services sector as the need for care from the sector has increased dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic.

We believe that mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round but highlighting them during MIAW provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. This year, NAMI is calling on everyone to become informed and dispel the harmful myths surrounding mental illness and increase acceptance in our communities.

There are many ways to get involved with NAMI and show you care by sharing stories about how you care for others, how support or care you received has impacted your journey, or what it means to have access to treatment and quality care.

Learn more about Mental Illness Awareness Week at www.nami.org/miaw.

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