The first full week of October every year is Mental Illness Awareness Week, providing an opportunity to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.
One in five adults experiences mental illness problems every year and 50 percent of chronic mental illness begins by age 14.
Although many people today understand that mental illness is a medical condition, individuals and families affected by mental illness are still often subjected to stigma and discrimination.
This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is calling on everyone to get “Into Mental Health” and replace stigma with hope.
NAMI Keweenaw Area is sponsoring a free informational forum on Thursday at 7pm at the Portage Lake District Library.
Speakers will include Director of Dial Help Rebecca Crane, who will talk bout their Help Line and their new mobile crisis team–Sergeant Nick Roberts of the Houghton Police Department will talk about their crisis intervention program–Director of Copper Country Mental Health Vicki Mikkola will talk about the process for getting mental health services and what they are–Members of NAMI Keweenaw Area will talk about their mission—education, support and advocacy for families and consumers and other support services in the community.
The program is open to the public and refreshments will be served.