Together for Mental Health. Mental Illness Awareness Week. Oct. 3-9, 2021. NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness. nami.org/together4MH

Observing Mental Illness Awareness Week

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The first full week of October, we observe Mental Illness Awareness Week. These days it’s more important than ever for people to be informed about mental health issues. COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone. For many, it is another challenge added to a continuous battle against mental health problems. For others, COVID-19 has ushered in their first experiences dealing with some of these issues.

According to a 2021 report by Mental Health America, the number of people screening with moderate to severe symptoms of depression and anxiety has continued to increase throughout 2020 and remains higher than rates prior to COVID-19. In addition, the number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed.

This year’s National Alliance for Mental Illness campaign is called: “WhyCare?” Care embodies action we can take to change ideas and attitudes toward mental illness. Caring can start with one person, but grows exponentially to change societies and systems.

To promote awareness – and to share how to care – you can tap into these resources.