Mental Illness Awareness Week Being Observed in 2013! Petition2Congress


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Note: This aids you in sending an email to your representatives in Congress and the President. If you are not living in the United States, unfortunately, it won’t allow you to participate.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Being Observed in 2013!

With recent events, there has been talk about changing policies regarding to mental illness and how it is handled and dealt with in America. Topics like having a national registry for guns, making it easier to find help, increasing the amount of psychiatric beds available, special training for teachers, doctors, nurses, EMTs, firemen, etc. and others have been discussed. However, the real problems are underneath all of this.

We need to educate people about what mental illness is and where they can go to get help.

We need to let people know that getting help for a mental illness does not mean that you are a failure or will be judged by others resulting in possibly losing their job or friends.

We need to take steps to erase the stigma so that people who need help are not afraid to get help.

We need to observe Mental Illness Awareness Week in 2013. We need to use this week to help raise awareness, take steps to erase the stigma, and educate people what they can do if they need help or feel a loved one needs help.

The media and politicians like to say they are doing things to help, but in reality many people are afraid to really address the issues because they are afraid they will say the wrong thing. This needs to change.

Please come up with a plan of how you and your state can observe this week.  Take advantage of an opportunity to talk about mental illness at a time where it is not for political gain or in response to a national tragedy.  The NFL observes Breast Cancer Awareness Week. There is no reason why organizations like the NFL can do similar things for Mental Illness Awareness Week.

For more information, please read the following articles:

-Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 7th thru 13th: What can you do?

-How much attention will Mental Illness Awareness week get?

-Appeal to the media and politicians: Does anyone care that it is Mental Illness Awareness Week in America?

-World Mental Health Day Around the World

– You could Save a Life: You have two days left!

-World Mental Health Day Information

Mental Health Awareness Week in the US 2013 begins on Sunday, October 6 and ends on Saturday, October 12 in 2013. You have plenty of time to create a plan.  So, make it happen. You could not only be helping to raise awareness, but save lives, literally.

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first full week of October to celebrate. MIAW has become a NAMI tradition. It presents an opportunity to all NAMI state organizations and affiliates across the country to work together in communities to achieve the NAMI mission through outreach, education and advocacy. The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding is Tuesday. Organized by NAMI. Found at:

About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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