This week, October 4-10, 2015, is celebrated as National Mental Illness Awareness Week. Throughout the country, numerous organizations and individuals will provide information and conduct public awareness programs on the various forms of mental illness.
Background: In recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness the United States Congress proclaimed that the first full week of October will be designated as Mental Illness Awareness Week. Thus, we have recognized this week since 1990.
In 2015, the theme of the week is “I am Stigma Free.” Being "stigma-free" is defined as educating others on mental illness with a focus on recognizing that people with mental illness are individuals and not a diagnosis.(Example:"He is Bipolar Joe")