Mental Illness Awareness Week

Originally published on Oct. 6, 2020, 10:54 a.m. by Mckenzie Hathaway

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and standing in solidarity with the movement, Sofia Health is dedicating all posts, promotions, and education to solely focus on the information and education supporting the National Alliance of Mental Illness and mental health advocates across the country.

The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Throughout the week, NAMI will be highlighting the stories of those with lived experiences to talk about some of the conditions and symptoms that are most misunderstood.

There are almost 300 mental illnesses listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the book that mental health professionals use to identify and diagnose mental illnesses. As [the number of mental illnesses diagnosed] these mental illnesses increase, it is our privilege as a wellness platform to prioritize the experiences of those with such conditions.

Facts are facts, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread.

Thankfully in 1990, Congress officially passed the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), and since then advocates have worked together to sponsor activities and educate the public about mental illness. Mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice.

Please continue to watch and share the remarkable and impactful videos compiled by NAMI. If you are interested in finding a supportive mental healthcare provider, reach out to, or search on Sofia Health.