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In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). The goal is to end the stigma associated with mental illness and to ensure better understanding and access to diagnosis and treatment.
As winter approaches and the days get shorter, many people suffer with a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Although SAD isn’t totally understood, it is a real illness with real symptoms that vary in frequency and intensity.
We are dealing with tough economic times. One recent poll reported that nearly 60% of respondents said the current economic situation is a cause of stress in their lives.
Veteran's Day is a time that we remember and honor all persons who have served in the U.S. military...past and present. We can make a difference in the lives of millions of people if we not only remember, but also reach out to support the troops returning from combat service.
Did you know... The magnitude of mental illness in this country is staggering. According to the Surgeon General, one in every five Americans experiences a mental disorder in any given year and half of all Americans have such disorders at some time in their lives. These illnesses of the brain affect all of us, regardless of age, gender, economic status or ethnicity.
Our youth are our future. Faith communities need to understand the affects of untreated mental illness in our children and youth. They need to make a commitment to provide education in order to help change societal attitudes about these illnesses of the brain. In breaking the silence, communities of faith can be a source of hospitality, healing and hope for young people and their families.
The purpose of Children's Mental Health Week (first week of May) is to raise public awareness about a growing number of children who are recognized as having emotional and behavioral disorders and to disseminate information to communities about the needs of these children and their families.