October 6th-12th, 2013
Every year, during the first full week of October, Mental Illness Awareness Week is held. This year, the week runs from October 6th through October 12th. The week is designed to bring attention to mental illnesses, while educating the public about symptoms and treatments. During the week, mental health advocates join together to sponsor events to increase community awareness and public education concerning mental illnesses, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Mental illness affects 1 in 4 Americans every year.
One of the most widespread events during the week is National Depression Screening Day. On October 10th individuals will be given the opportunity to be screened for depression and referrals will be given to those in need. To take an anonymous depression screening online or to view on-site locations, please visit, http://www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org/.
To participate in mental illness awareness week, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website, at http://www.nami.org/.
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