Mental Illness Awareness Week

National Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is October 7-13 this year. This week is marked by community education efforts in all 50 states to raise awareness that mental illnesses are treatable medical conditions, and that there is help and hope for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. You can arrange a speaker from NAMI’s In Our Own Voice program or Speaker’s Bureau for your organization. Find a list available presentations, here.

Some MIAW Events

Super Saturday for Children’s Mental Health Awareness, Oct. 13
NAMI Minnesota will offer free classes at a Super Saturday for Children’s Mental Health Awareness on Oct. 13 at Prior Lake High School, 7575 150th Street West, in Savage.  Morning classes from 9:30-11:30 will include Recognizing Early Warning Signs, Understanding Early Episode Psychosis, Eating Disorders: How to Identify Them and Support A Loved One, and The Quest for Resiliency – Moving from Stressed Out to Chill. Afternoon classes from 12:30-2:30 will include Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families, Special Education: Helping Students Succeed, and Understanding the Children’s Mental Health System. Lunch, from 11:30-12:30, will be provided and resource tables will also be available during this time. To register or get more information, contact Liz Babkin at 651-645-2948 ext. 109 or or see Super Saturday for Children’s Mental Health Awareness.

Tuesday: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding (October 9). Individuals who take the initiative within their faith communities “bring hope and help to many people, some who may never have been given permission or words to speak about their struggles.” Some churches choose to have a service on this day with liturgy specifically for this purpose. Find more.

Wednesday World Mental Health Day (sponsored by WHO) (October 10) World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. One theme of World Health Day this year is: Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere. The slogan of World Health Day is “Health for All”. The primary hashtag that we are using for World Health Day is #HealthForAll but look out for posts using #WorldHealthDay as well.

Thursday: National Depression Screening Day (October 11), pioneered by the organization Screening for Mental Health, which emphasizes that “checking in on your mental health is as important as checking in on your physical health.” Several websites offer this. Here is one:

Collateral Damage: The Impact of My Mother’s Mental Illness on Me, Oct. 11 (October 11, 2018)
Author Cate Grace will share her experiences growing up in a family struggling with the impacts of her mother’s mental illness. Duluth Public Library (Green Room), 520 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802. Start Time: 5:30 p.m., End Time: 6:30 p.m. Hosted by NAMI Duluth Area.

Creating Caring Communities in Silver Bay, Oct. 11
Speakers from NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will present “Creating Caring Communities” in Silver Bay on Oct. 11. Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. The free program is open to the public and will be presented from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at William Kelley High School Library, 137 Banks Blvd. For information, contact the North Shore Mental Health Group at, or call Briana at 651-645-2948 x128.

Three FREE NAMI presentations at the MN Science Museum, Oct. 14, and the Mental Health: Mind Matters Exhibit

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