**Edited: I was just made aware that the below graphic was released too early, and Mental Health Awareness Week isn’t until October. I’m so sorry for spreading the confusion, but the message is one we should here every day, not just one week of the year.
On Sunday night I was procrastinating on Facebook when I saw this:
Did you know it’s Mental Illness Awareness Week? I had actually never heard of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) but I shared that image on the FIAI Facebook Page and then clicked over to the NAMI website to check it out.
Y’all know I’m an advocate for Eating Disorders, and Eating Disorders are classified as a mental illness, so this is perfect. The other mental illnesses listed on the NAMI website are:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Dissociative Dissorders
- Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
- Panic Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Schizoaffective Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Tourette’s Syndrome
There are also a number of conditions that are related to mental illness. Odds are you either are or know someone that struggles with one of the above issues, yet there is still a stigma.
The NAMI website, like the National Eating Disorders Association website, has tons of information about the diagnoses and treatment for mental illnesses. There is also information about getting support, advocacy, and the different programs they sponsor like a NAMI walk and this Mental Health Awareness Week.
There are stories of hope, articles on the latest research, and a twitter feed to follow. (@NAMICommunicate). You can search by state to find the NAMI organization closest to you. (Virginia’s is in Richmond.)
I’m just learning about this organization, so I’m still reading and exploring. I already submitted my story in the form provided (similar to the story I share on this blog) and would encourage you to do the same. The more we talk about these things, the less of a stigma there is.
- What’s your story?