Mental Illness Awareness Week Starts October 3, 2021

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October 7, 2021

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children across the United States. That is why each year, during the first week of October, NAMI and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness, fight discrimination and provide support through Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW).

We at NAMI Oklahoma believe that mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during MIAW provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as MIAW, advocates have worked together to sponsor activities, large or small, to educate the public about mental illness.

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Important Dates & Events

October 3-9 | Lighting Up Green for Mental Illness Awareness

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, NAMI Oklahoma + NAMI Greater OKC invite you to help shine a light on mental illness by lighting up your porch or business with a green light bulb October 3- October 9

Lighting up green will help spark a safe space for people to openly talk about mental illness. Pick up FREE green light bulb and yard sign at a variety of locations throughout the Oklahoma City and Edmond metro.

All while supplies last! Most pickup locations will be open until Friday, October 8.

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October 7 | National Depression Screening Day

Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of healthcare. Find a free screening location at HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org.

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October 10 | World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma. It is a day to acknowledge that we all have mental health challenges and we can use our shared experiences to learn from one another and promote compassion.

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