Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, from children and adults with ADHD to those suffering from PTSD to depression in our students.
During the first full week of October, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and participants across the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Each year they work to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. We believe that these issues are important to address year round, but highlighting these issues during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the tens of millions of Americans affected by mental illness. If you or someone you know may need a mental health assessment, anonymous online tools are available. Learn more and help yourself or someone you care about. For 2015 the theme is #IAmStigmaFree . Being Stigma Free means learning about and educating others on mental illness, focusing on connecting with people to see each other as individuals and not a diagnosis, and most importantly, taking action on mental health issues. Use the hashtag and take the pledge.
More mental health resources are at available at PANDA : Minnesota Adult Basic Education Disability Specialists and for information about mental health in the ABE classroom and to earn three CEUs, visit the FREE interactive, online course titled, “Mental Health in Adult Basic Education” available on Literacy Minnesota's online training website. http://online.themlc.org/