It is estimated that one in five people are living with a mental health diagnosis. Almost all will suffer stigma associated with those viable health concerns, and it is our hope that with education, aid and awareness there will come a day where mental health is a respected category of ailments that receive the same compassion as cancer or heart disease.
Hope and Grace Initiative is pleased to announce our ongoing partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and their efforts. This week, the first full week of October, marks Mental Illness Awareness Week (#MIAW), where NAMI and allies across the country will help raise awareness of mental illness, fighting stigma, advocating for proper care, providing education for the public as well as support for those with mental health diagnoses.
We hope you’ll join us in these efforts to shine a light on mental illness and to eliminate stigma. There are a variety of ways to get involved:
- You can take the #StigmaFree pledge.
- If you want to help spread the word, there are a vast array of resources on NAMI’s website, particularly the Resource Toolkit and their #MIAW pages, which contain downloadable resources such as posters, flyers, and social media graphics.
- Depending on your location, there are plenty of activities planned for Mental Illness Awareness Week. Check out this guide to help raise awareness in your neighborhood.
- Also, if you know someone — or you might be someone — who needs a mental health assessment, there are resources to help. Anonymous online tools are available, and you can get a free mental health screening this Thursday, October 6th, on National Depression Screening Day at HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org.
We hope you’ll join us in raising awareness for mental health awareness, to help us work toward a day when stigma and misunderstanding will be no more. It’s a day we work for diligently, and we’ll get there someday with a lot of hope and a just a little bit of grace.