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Awareness Events

Millions of American’s lives are impacted daily by mental health conditions. As a way to show support for these people NAMI participates in several annual mental health awareness events.

Participating in a local or national NAMI event is a great way for you to help increase people’s understanding of the complexity of mental illness. Through these events we can expel myths, educate the public and show support for the many people affected by mental health that are working to improve their lives.

May

Mental Health Month

During Mental Health Month, NAMI joins the mental health community to reaffirm our commitment to building our understanding of mental illness, increasing access to treatment and ensuring those who are struggling to know they are not alone.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

During the first week of May, NAMI joins communities around the country in raising awareness of the mental health needs of America’s youth, with a focus on National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

July

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives designated July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in honor of the leading African American novelist and journalist, who also was a voice for individuals and families affected by mental Illness. She died in 2006.

September

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and on Sept. 10, we observe World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a time to talk about issues relating to suicide prevention, promote resources and awareness, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

October

Mental Illness Awareness Week

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined with others in their communities to sponsor activities, large or small, for public education about mental illness.

Help ensure that no one is alone on their mental health journey. Help provide a national network of support and resources online and across the country.
StigmaFree
Take the StigmaFree Pledge
Take the pledge to learn more about mental lllness, to see a person for who they are and take action on mental health issues.
Share your story
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.
Start a discussion
Start a Discussion
Join others to discuss mental health conditions and related issues in a secure, safe NAMI environment to share with others, to learn and to find support.
Learn more
Learn the Facts!
Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. Educate yourself and others on the facts.
Graphics and resources
Graphics and Images
Share graphics and resources for print or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote awareness.
Social media messages
Social Media Messages
Share messages to raise awareness for mental health conditions throughout the year.
Advocacy
Advocate for Mental Health
Talk to your politicians about the importance of mental health. Share NAMI priorities. Take action.
NAMI Store
NAMI Store
Purchase NAMI apparel, guides, materials and resources.
Community leadership
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.
NAMIWalks
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.
College Guide
Starting the Conversation
This guide offers both parents and students the opportunity to learn more about mental health conditions and what you can do.
Personal fundraising
Create a Fundraising Campaign
Creating a DIY fundraising page with NAMI is a fun, interactive way to support our cause.