Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is Oct. 6-13, and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses. It’s time to make a difference. Let’s stop history from repeating itself. Mental illness does not discriminate. It can strike anyone at any time. These are brain disorders and like other illnesses, recovery is possible. Treatment works — if a person can get it.
Unfortunately, there are long delays — sometimes decades — between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help. Less than one-third of adults and less than one-half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment. Everyone should know about the nature of mental illness and treatment options available. To bring awareness of mental illness and its impact on individuals and families, NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of NAMI NC and national NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is sponsoring several events.