The following activities are available to everyone to help with mental illness support and awareness:
1. Reaching multicultural faith communities during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) Oct. 4-10 Mental Illness Awareness Week is a public awareness and education campaign across the country. Learn how NAMI in San Antonio will engage multicultural faith communities during MIAW week.
2. National Day of Prayer Oct. 6
Tuesday, Oct. 6 has been designated as a day of prayer for mental illness recovery and understanding.
The NAMI FaithNet web site offers a variety of resources that can be used as part of outreach efforts, including bulletin inserts, prayers, liturgies and an interfaith candle lighting service. Additional resources in English and Spanish are available at the mental health ministries web site.
3. National Depression Screening Day Oct. 8
Thursday, on national depression screening day, screenings will be sponsored by hospitals, mental health centers, primary care clinics, social service agencies and some faith communities, among other places.
It is important to inform everyone about free local screenings because they are often the first step anyone can take to get help. Clinical depression is a serious medical illness that affects adults and children. Treatment can help most people, but clinical depression can trick people into suicidal acts if left untreated. Meth abuse is causing our loved ones to become depressed, leading to low self-worth, lack of happiness in their lives, and feeling damaged. In 2009, no one needs to live without hope !
For anonymous help, contact the national depression screening project office at (781) 239-0071.
NAMI is a local and national grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families impacted by mental illness.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
3803 N. Fairfax Dr. Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
Toll free: (800)626-5022
Source: NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: October 2009
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