Mental health has become an important concern in modern times. In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) ongoing effort to raise awareness about mental illness. MIAW has been a great opportunity for NAMI to connect with the community to continue its mission of advocacy, education and outreach. For faith based communities NAMI designated October 9, 2012 as the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding.
NAMI began its fight against mental illness in 1979 and is the nation’s largest grass roots mental health organization. NAMI aims to build a better community by advocating access to treatment, research, creation of support groups, and raising awareness all in the name of improving mental health and fighting depression. There has been a lot of progress since 1979, however there are still many stigmas surrounding mental health treatment in our society. NAMI is passionate about helping people with mental illness which affects nearly one in four adults and one in ten children for a staggering total reaching almost sixty million. People are sometimes afraid to seek treatment for risk of being labeled ‘crazy’, NAMI believes educating people about the disease of mental illness will make it easier for people to seek treatment for mental illness.
A number of mental health treatment facilities have partnered up with NAMI in support of MIAW including Sovereign Health Group. Sovereign Health Group sponsored the annual NAMI Walks on October 6th in Huntington Beach and Santa Monica in California. The National Association for Mental Illness continues to provide education and awareness for consumers and family members across the United States. NAMI has offices throughout the country, and to learn more, provide donations or simply get involved through rewarding volunteer work visit their website at www.nami.org.