Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual campaign that aims to open the eyes of the public to the reality of mental illness. MIAW coincides with National Depression Screening Day on Oct. 10.
“7 Days, 7 Ways to Fight Stigma” is this year’s theme for MIAW. The goal is to change the perception of mental illness. Companion Benefit Alternatives (CBA) is proud to stand with Mental Health America (MHA) in promoting the Fight Stigma theme.
Mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental illness is still a pervasive force. Stigma creates an environment of shame, fear and silence. It often prevents people from seeking help and treatment.
One of the most important ways to decrease stigma is through understanding. Knowing the facts about mental illness can help you educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. Understanding mental illness isn't only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for conditions, but about dispelling false ideas about mental health conditions as well.
Each person with mental illness has their own story, path and journey. Every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy.
MHA offers information about mental illness conditions, symptoms and treatment at www.mhanational.org.