Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012: Oct. 7-13, 2012

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first full week of October in sponosoring many kinds of activities.

MIAW has become a NAMI tradition. It presents an opportunity to all NAMI state organizations and affiliates across the country to work together in communities to achieve the NAMI mission through outreach, education and advocacy.

The MIAW Idea Book suggests activities that can be incorporated into planning for the fall. Stickers, posters and a web banner to use on websites or in documents are available for download in English and Spanish.

Volunteers of America Chesapeake is a community resource for those struggling with mental illness. Their programs provide: 24-hour residential support based on individual needs, independent housing with supportive services, medication management, group therapy, counseling, community support and referral and assistance with the activities of daily living. For more information, please visit:

The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding is Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Special resources for outreach to faith communities also can be downloaded.

More information can be found here.

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