Mental Illness Awareness Week



Overview

Mental Illness Awareness Week begins on Sunday October 3rd, 2021 and ends on Saturday October 9th, 2021. Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place annually during the first week in October. Millions of Americans struggle with mental illness. This is why congress established the first week in October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in 1990. Each year new awareness campaigns are created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and this year’s awareness campaign is titled “Together for Mental Health”. The focus of this year’s campaign is to advocate for improved care for people with serious mental illness. Throughout the week, take the time to educate and increase awareness about serious mental illness and the importance of better mental health care. Below is a list of the Mental Illness Awareness Week events, with each day bringing light to a different issue.

  • Tuesday Oct. 5: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding

  • Thursday Oct. 7: National Depression Screening Day

  • Saturday Oct. 9: NAMIWalks United Day of Hope

  • Sunday Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day


Facts About Mental Illness from NAMI

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year

  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year

  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year

  • Mental illness affects:

  • 44% of LGB adults

  • 32% Mixed/Multiracial adults

  • 22% of White adults

  • 19% of American Indian or Alaska Native

  • 18% of Latinx adults

  • 17% of Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander adults

  • 17% of Black adults

  • 14% of Asian adults

  • Annual prevalence among U.S. adults, by condition:

  • Anxiety Disorders: 19.1% (estimated 48 million people)

  • Major Depressive Episode: 7.8% (19.4 million people)

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: 3.6% (estimated 9 million people)

  • Bipolar Disorder: 2.8% (estimated 7 million people)

  • Borderline Personality Disorder: 1.4% (estimated 3.5 million people)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 1.2% (estimated 3 million people)

  • Schizophrenia: <1% (estimated 1.5 million people)


Mental Illness Resources


References

1. “Mental Illness Awareness Week.” NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, https://www.nami.org/get-involved/awareness-events/mental-illness-awareness-week.

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