With millions of Americans facing the reality of living with a mental health condition, it’s important to talk about mental health year-round. As behavioral health professionals, we know that mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly, whether it be through family, friends or coworkers. That is why each year during the first week of October, we join NAMI and our community of supportive healthcare professionals across the country for Mental Illness Awareness Week — a week especially dedicated to raising awareness, fighting discrimination and providing support.

This year’s MIAW will center on the theme “Together We Care. Together We Share.” Mental health is something we should all care about, and showing our support by fighting stigma and providing resources is paramount in the push for mental healthcare for all. We recognize that our mental health can change over time, being directly impacted by events and situations we face throughout our lives. This means that mental health is an important topic for every human being.

NAMI shares a wonderful wealth of support resources that can be utilized by us and shared with our clients, as well. We understand the power of coming together in community, which can be healing for anyone affected by mental illness. With that in mind, check out NAMI’s Mental Illness Awareness Week resources here: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Illness-Awareness-Week.

NAMI also provides a series of “What I Wish I’d Known…” blogs especially curated for Mental Illness Awareness Week, focusing on the idea that personal stories and experiences can help build connection, understanding and empathy.

Finally, as behavioral health professionals, we know how important it is to ensure that people get help early, people get the best possible care, and people get diverted from justice system involvement. Join NAMI’s advocacy campaigns today to continue your journey toward helping others live their healthiest, best lives.

Mental Illness Awareness Week: Together We Care. Together We Share