Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place from October 6 – 12, 2019. This year, October 10 is World Mental Health Day and National Depression Screening Day.
2019 Theme: 7 Days, 7 Ways
Many people do not seek treatment in the early stages of mental illnesses because they don't recognize the symptoms.
During Mental Illness Awareness Week, MHA will focus on sharing information about 7 major mental health conditions:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Depression (On October 10 to coincide with World Mental Health Day and National Depression Screening Day)
- Addiction/Substance Use Disorder
Each condition coincides with a free screening tool MHA offers at MHAscreening.org. Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Screening helps catch problems early - B4Stage4.
A screening only takes a few minutes, and after you are finished you will be given information about the next steps you should take based on the results. A screening is not a diagnosis, but it can be a helpful tool for starting a conversation with your doctor or a loved one about your mental health. Screening for mental health conditions should be just as normal as screening for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic health condition.
Not only are we sharing information about mental health conditions each day of the week, but we will also share 7 ways to start getting involved with mental health awareness and advocacy!
How Can I Get Involved?
- Learn. Start by reading up about different mental health conditions. You can also hear stories of what mental illness feels like from those with lived experience here. Then, take a look at our 7 ways to get involved for Mental Illness Awareness Week!
- Take a mental health screen and encourage others to try. Each of the conditions mentioned above also coincides with a mental health screen, and each condition-specific fact you share can direct people to screening at mhascreening.org.
- Spread the word. Post images (click here for MHA's social media graphics) providing tips for ways people can get involved with mental health advocacy, awareness, and education, or address a specific condition.
- Create your own message! You may also use the statistics below to create your own social media posts or add to your organizations e-newsletters or other materials.
- Nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year.
- 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14.
- 74%of people who take a screen at mhascreening.org score positive or show moderate to severe signs of a mental health condition.
- 78% of people who take the alcohol or substance use screen at mhascreening.org are likely to have a substance use disorder.
- 72% of people who take the anxiety screen at mhascreening.org show signs of moderate to severe anxiety.
Thank you for being a part of this movement!
Sample Social Media Posts to Share
Hashtags to use for social media: #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek #MIAW19 #7day7ways
|Day to Post||Topic||Sample posts for social media|
|Any day during Mental Illness Awareness Week||General promotion||
|Day 2||Bipolar Disorder||
|Day 4||Eating Disorders||
|Day 7||Addiction/Substance Use Disorder||