Monroe County to Host Free Virtual Event During Mental Illness Awareness Week | New



Each year, the first week of October is designated Mental Illness Awareness Week. Congress established MIAW in 1990 to raise awareness of mental illness and mental health issues, combat discrimination, and provide support.

In honor of MIAW (October 3-9), the Monroe County Mental Health Coalition is hosting a free virtual event to promote the connection between movement and improved mental health and raise awareness of mental health issues. Participants set a goal and track their minutes for the week. Those who achieve their movement goal will be entered for a chance to win a prize. Register at and join the “Mindful Movement for Mental Wellness” group on Facebook.

Monroe County Health Department officials say mental health has been a key health priority in the county since 2012 and as a result, the Monroe County Mental Health Coalition was formed to address the issues. local mental health issues.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five American adults suffers from a mental health problem each year, and one in 20 suffers from a serious mental health problem. Health officials say people of all cultures, communities or backgrounds are susceptible to mental health issues. Some of the more common mental health issues include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

If you have any questions regarding any of the events, contact Kayleigh Day, Community Health Educator in the Monroe County Health Department at 608-269-8666 or [email protected]


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