The lives of over 60 million American’s are affected by mental health conditions annually. To reduce stigma and provide support for people with mental illness and their loved ones, NAMI participates in several mental health awareness events annually.
Participating in a local or national NAMI event is a great way for you to both increase your knowledge and understanding of the complexity of mental illness, and share that knowledge with others. Through these events we can expel myths, educate the public and show support for the many people affect by mental health conditions that are working to improve their health and their lives.
Mental Health Month
During Mental Health Month, NAMI joins the mental health community to reaffirm our commitment to building our understanding of mental illness, increasing access to treatment and ensuring those whoa re struggling to know they are not alone.
May 3 - 9
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
NAMI joins communities around the country in raising awareness about the mental health needs of America’s youngest citizens. It is a week to focus on children and youth living with mental illness and to come together to advocate for a full array of effective services and supports for children affected by mental illness.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives designated July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in honor of the leading African American novelist and journalist, who also was a voice for individuals and families affected by mental illness. Bebe died in 2006.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services.
Mental Illness Awareness Week
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.
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Each year we hold a Candlelight Vigil for Mental Illness Awareness and Recovery at the Cancer Survivor’s Plaza in Reid Park.