Mental Illness Awareness Week

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.

During the first full week of October, NAMI and participants across the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger.

We believe that these issues are important to address year round, but highlighting these issues during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the tens of millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

If you or someone you know may need a mental health assessment, anonymous online tools are available. Learn more and help yourself or someone you care about.

2015 Theme and Information

Mental Illness Awareness Week
Each year Mental Illness Awareness Week occurs during the first full week of October. This year it takes place between October 4–10. This year, the theme revolves around building a movement through the new StigmaFree initiative.

Being Stigma Free means learning about and educating others on mental illness, focusing on connecting with people to see each other as individuals and not a diagnosis, and most importantly, taking action on mental health issues and taking the StigmaFree pledge. The hashtag for the theme is #IAmStigmaFree.
Help NAMI replace stigma with hope. Learn more about how you can help by taking the pledge to bring understanding and education to others.
What You Can Do
Raising awareness for mental health can be easy. Here are some ways that you can get involved and show that mental health needs to talked about.
Take the stigmafree Pledge
Individuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the pledge to learn more about mental lllness, to see a person for who they are and take action on mental health issues.
Involve Your Family and Friends
One important step to raising awareness is to start a conversation. Here are some ways to help get your friends and family talking.
Learn the Facts!
Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. Educate yourself and others on the facts.
Get Your Community Involved
Make a change in your local community by being an advocate for mental health awareness. Read about how you can work with your community.
Share Your Experience
Sharing your story about your experience helps challenge ideas about mental illness and is a great way to encourage others to talk about what they’re experiencing.
Graphics and Social Media
Share graphics and messages to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or download posters and graphics for your events.
Join a NAMIWalks Team
As NAMIWalks celebrates our 13th Anniversary in 2015, we are changing how Americans view mental illness. Join us as we improve lives and our communities one step at a time.
Become a member to receive the latest mental health news, join online discussions, advocate for mental health issues and add your voice to the NAMI movement.
Get Graphics and Media
Get Document Templates
Get Involved Locally
Are you a NAMI State Organization or Affiliate leader in need of additional Resources?
NAMI thanks Forest Laboratories, LLC, an Allergan affiliate, for being the National Sponsor of Mental Illness Awareness Week.