Launch of Mental Illness Awareness Week
NATIONAL LEVEL – Sunday kicks off Mental Illness Awareness Week and it’s when experts remind people how widespread the effects of mental illness are.
What would you like to know
- The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week
- One in five adults in America suffers from mental illness each year
According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, one in five adults in America suffers from mental illness each year and one in 20 suffers from severe mental illness.
In 1990, Congress established the first week of October to serve as Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Experts say that since then there has been a huge positive impact when it comes to treating and connecting people with the necessary resources.
They say it’s more important than ever to take this into account now, given the effect the pandemic has had on the mental health of many people.
“People can access the resources they need to help them either treat someone with mental health problems or get the help they themselves need to cope with mental health,” said Dr Rufus Barfield, expert in human behavior at the University. from central Florida.
The National Mental Illness Alliance has listed several events this week, including a day of prayer and a depression screening day.
It will all end next Sunday with World Mental Health Day. Read more here.