Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) (also known as Mental Health Awareness Week) was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October. During this week, mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join to sponsor events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
This year (Oct. 2- 8, 2016), the Florida Health Alliance will partner with mental health groups to raise awareness, educate, and demand change from our lawmakers. We are also planning a number of coordinated online actions including showcasing mental health organizations, an email-in campaign, and story sharing. Organizations that would like to be showcased during the week can fill out this form: www.bit.ly/mhpartners. If you would like to submit events to the shared calendar, please visit: www.bit.ly/miawevents
Our partners include: NAMI Greater Orlando, Mental Health Care Association of Central FL, Baycare Behavioral Health, Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, NAMI Florida and more.
To learn how you or your organization can get involved and coordinate with our statewide network, email Scott Darius at firstname.lastname@example.org.