What is Going On?
In the United States approximately 26% of Americans ages 18 and older are diagnosed with a mental illness. It is believed that this number is larger but stigma factors largely into under reporting. This number is also exclusive of young adults.
In 1990 Mental Health Awareness Week (MIAW) was established in an effort to increase awareness and educate about mental illness. Mental Health Awareness Week (MIAW) takes place the first full week of October and coincides with similar forums such as:
- World Mental Health Day (10/10/18)
- National Depression Screening Day
- National Day Without Stigma
- Cure Stigma (National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
World Mental Health Day, held this year on October 10th, is a global day aimed at increasing awareness for mental health and the role it plays in both the patient’s life and their loved ones.
Each year World Mental Health Day hosts a specific theme. This year World Mental Health Day will be working to bring awareness to young people and mental health in a changing world. Adolescence and early adulthood are a difficult time. With the additional pressures placed on them with the accessibility of online technology and constant connectivity, they are left vulnerable to mental distress. It is imperative that families are aware of the resources available to them.
During the first week of October, from October 7-13, The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), will also be promoting the theme “#CureStimga”. It promotes the theme that stigma is silencing people and preventing them from seeking the support and help that they need. With empathy and awareness patients and their loved ones can get the support that they deserve.
By raising our voices and offering our support, we as a society can continue to better understand and address these debilitating illnesses.
Below is a diverse list of resources providing information on both brain health and psychiatric disorders:
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Hallowell Centers in the City
- Institute for Functional Medicine
- Balanced Mind Parent Network
- Books on Resilience and Spiritulity
- Perlmutter Site
- Paleo and Keto Resources