This week, October 4 through 10, is designated as Mental Illness Awareness Week in the US. Mental Illness Awareness Week was established in 1990 by Congress to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in their mission to increase awareness of mental illness. Every year during this week, NAMI and other mental health organizations host awareness events and campaigns to help educate the public about common mental illnesses, which affects an estimated 20% of the US population.
Mental Health Awareness Week seeks to shed light on how prevalent mental illness is in our society. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2017. One third of those affected with a serious mental illness did not seek treatment. The main goal of this week is to help all of us recognize that mental illness is indeed a form of illness, and treatment is nothing to be ashamed of. During this week, several other organizations including the WHO have Mental Health Oriented Holidays including National Depression Screening Day on October 8th, World Mental Health Day on October 10th, and NAMI’s own NAMIWalks National Day of Hope on October 10th.
Every year NAMI creates a theme for Mental Health Awareness week. This year, the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is “What People with Mental Illness Want You To Know.” Throughout this week, NAMI will be sharing their stories to help give those with mental illness a platform. Serenity Mental Health Centers is joining in this initiative to help overcome the stigma surrounding mental health and bring better understanding of what mental illness is like through the stories of our patients, which we will also be sharing with you. We will also provide simple-to-understand explanations of our innovative treatment plans designed to help even the toughest of cases.
As we discuss these topics, we encourage anyone struggling with their mental health to reach out for help. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, or another psychiatric condition, we are here to help. There are also numerous other resources available to help you learn to recognize your triggers and help control your mental illness.
Reaching out for help is the first step in your personal journey to better mental health. With the help of a mental health professional, you can take back control of your life from your mental illness and live your best life. Serenity Mental Health Centers offers a variety of treatments because we know there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for mental illness. Each individual is unique, and we are ready to give you the compassionate and personalized healthcare you deserve. Give us a call at (844) 692-4100 to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified psychiatrists and develop the best treatment plan to fit your needs.