Since October of 1990, the first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness week. Mental Illness is an important issue that we need to talk more about. On the NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) website, they state this as the purpose of Mental Health Awareness week--"Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the first full week of October, NAMI and participants across the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. We believe that these issues are important to address year round, but highlighting these issues during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the tens of millions of Americans affected by mental illness."
That is exactly my hope and goal for this series to bring education, understanding and to break the stigma associated with the illness. I am doing this for my mom, my other family members and all those who daily struggle with a mental illness. So this week would you please take some time to hear a mental health story or educate more about mental health in your community and your churches? I would be forever grateful and thankful! You can find more information on the NAMI website, www.nami.org.
And to read more of my families story about mental illness, you can go to the links below:
I Am A Daughter
I Am A Daughter; Part Two