In 1990, Mental Illness Awareness Week was established by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to raise mental health awareness across the country. Since 1990, NAMI along with Mental Health America and mental health advocates across the United States sponsor activities to increase public education on mental illness.

This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place from October 6-12.  October 10th is World Mental Health Day & Depression Screening Day.

  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Screening can help catch mental health problems early.
  • Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages experience depression.
  • Screening is the first step in intervention for people with symptoms of mental health conditions like depression. Learn more: [] #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek #MIAW19 #7day7ways #WorldMentalHealthDay #NationalDepressionScreening

Mental Health Matters!

  • 1%of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2018 (47.6 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults.
  • 5%of U.S. youth aged 6-17 experienced a mental health disorder in 2016 (7.7 million people).