Mental Illness Awareness Week

National Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is October 6-12, 2019. 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. NAMI will offer a wide variety of classes and presentations all through October.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Panel Discussion with NAMI Minnesota

Magers & Quinn and NAMI Minnesota present a panel discussion on topics relating to mental illnesses, featuring speakers from the mental health field. Books by each speaker will be available for sale. The panel discussion will be held on Oct. 8, at 7:00 p.m., at Magers And Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave., in Minneapolis.

Speakers will include: Tom Glaser, MS.: A psychologist and life coach with over 30 years of experience, who will discuss Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know. Andy Steiner, a mental health and addiction reporter for MinnPost who will discuss How To Survive, which introduces us to dozens of people who have lived through excruciating times. N.G. Young, an underground Hip-hop artist and singer/songwriter, will discuss Illegal: A Hip-Hop Tale, A young-adult fiction novel.

Some MIAW Events

Tuesday, Oct. 8: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding. 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.

Thursday, Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day (sponsored by WHO) 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.

Thursday, Oct. 10: National Depression Screening Day, 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:

Also, Super Saturday for Children’s Mental Health Awareness
NAMI Minnesota offers free classes at a Super Saturday for Children’s Mental Health Awareness. NAMI will hold a Super Saturday at Eagan High School on Oct. 5, 2019. This free, full-day event is for parents and caregivers to attend classes (some in Spanish) and explore resources related to children’s mental health. Lunch and free childcare (age 2 and up) will be provided, For information, contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.