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NAMI Leaders: Guide to Mental Illness Awareness Week Outreach

We are about to come together for Mental Illness Awareness Week from October 4-10.

Each year, millions of people in the United States experience a mental health condition. Mental illness also impacts the lives of family, loved ones, friends, and coworkers. That is why annually, during the first week of October, NAMI and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness through Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW).

 We are proud to share this comprehensive guide to help you coordinate your Mental Illness Awareness Week public awareness efforts with the national office, for greater impact. It has many customizable resources to promote the week in your community, creating awareness and driving outreach to your programs and services.

The theme of this year’s MIAW is “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Each day throughout the week, we will be raising the voices of those with lived experience to talk about some of the conditions and symptoms that are most misunderstood through vehicles such as the NAMI Blog, Personal Stories page, social media and a video series.

Some important dates to note during MIAW include:
• Tuesday, Oct. 6: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
• Thursday, Oct. 8: National Depression Screening Day
• Saturday, Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day
• Saturday, Oct. 10: NAMIWalks National Day of Hope

Please continue amplifying NAMI’s  “You Are Not Alone” message, which builds awareness with digital tools and storytelling that make connection possible during this climate of physical distancing, reminding everyone that you are not alone. Join the conversation at nami.org | facebook.com/nami | instagram.com/namicommunicatetwitter.com/namicommunicate #NotAlone

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