Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)
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.
As a NAMI leader, you play a significant role in growing the movement. Here are some resources for NAMI Affiliates and State Organizations to use to make MIAW successful.
Message Guide and Style Sheet
This guide can help NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates, volunteers and staff coordinate public awareness efforts for a larger impact. It contains brand information (e.g., color palette, recommended fonts) and suggested messages and calls to action for Mental Illness Awareness Week.