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Mental Illness Awareness Week October 5 – 11, 2014

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Mental Illness Awareness Week is held the first full week of October each year and is also known as Mental Health Awareness Week.  The Awareness Week was established in 1990 in the United States spurred on by the efforts of NAMI in raising awareness about mental illness and the many facets of the issue.

 

“Study: 80 percent of adults with serious mental illness out of work”

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This July 10, 2014 article on the UPI Health News website talks about a recent study that found that 80% of adults with serious mental illnesses are unemployed despite a sizable number of them stating they want to work.  The problem lies with budget cuts, decreased availability of supports for people with serious mental illnesses in the workplace.

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English: Jericho House Long stay care for adults with mental illness and /or alcohol dependence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“17TH Annual Walk for Mental Health Awareness- May 10”

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This May 2, 2014 PA Homepage article talks about an upcoming walk for mental health sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter of Scranton, PA the following is an excerpt directly from the article about when the walk for mental health is to be held.

The Walk will take place on Saturday May 10th at the Schimelfenig (pool) pavilion in Nay Aug Park in Scranton at 10:30 a.m..

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“Fábregas: Bridge jumper to share his healing at mental illness conference”

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This March 28, 2014 article talks about the passion for helping others seen in one of a handful of people to survive jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.  His passion is to reach out to those in their 20’s to encourage them to seek help if they are feeling suicidal or otherwise in need of mental health treatment.

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Suicide prevention message on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Listening Is Latest Weapon In Fight Against Stigma”

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This January 31, 2014 article from the American Psychiatric Association found on their Psychiatric News website talks about an effort being made in New York city called the “I Will Listen” campaign which is attempting to decrease the stigma of mental illness.

American Psychiatric Association

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“NAMI Wilkes-Barre Observes Mental Health Awareness Week Oct. 6-12, 2013”

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This October 1, 2013 article on the PA Homepage website talks about NAMI Wilkes-Barre plans for observing Mental Health Awareness week this week.

“Erie man finishes 100-mile run”

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This August 4, 2013 article found on the GoErie.com website is a followup to another article I posted about Tom Jennings who decided to use his passion for running to help raise funding for NAMI of Erie County.  This article includes some stats about his run and how much money he raised in the process.

“Erie Runner Going the Distance for NAMI”

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This July 25, 2013 article on the WICU – WSEE Channel 12 news website out of Erie, PA, talks about Tom Jennings fundraising efforts combining his passion for running with his wish to help those with mental illnesses and their families. There is a link at the end of the article where people who would like to give to this cause can do so.

“We’ve been in the dark too long on mental illness”

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This February 9, 2013 article on the TribLive website, talks about some of the issues with stigma surrounding mental illness and talks about some of the supports that might be available to folks looking to help a family member.

 

” NAMI office closing Mental health support agency cites lack of funds”

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This January 28, 2013 article on the tribdem.com website talks about the decision made to close the NAMI office in Cambria county.  Lack of funding is cited as the reason for closing despite their fundraising efforts.

Someone asked me to cite the link for this article, so here’s my attempt at citation which isn’t a strong point for getting everything in to it that should be in a citation, but it should be enough to be helpful I usually have to look up citation but in this case I went off the top of my head so I apologize if I missed something, but I believe I got the core components in place 🙂

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Lavis,  Tom, The Tribune Democrat, January 28, 2013, URL  http://tribune-democrat.com/local/x2056598010/NAMI-office-closing

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