In 1990, the United States Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), in order to raise mental illness awareness, and this year’s recognition is nearly upon us. From October 4th - 10th, advocates across the county will come together to build public awareness and change perceptions by educating and informing their communities about mental health issues and the very real hope for recovery.
As the community’s voice in mental health issues, we’ve decided to observe Mental Illness Awareness Week in a fun and interactive way through our #WearGreen4MIAW Contest. Here’s how you can join in:
It’s easy! At the end of the week, we’ll choose THREE winners, to be selected by a random drawing. Winners will receive one of our gorgeous 40th Anniversary commemorative mugs. We’ll notify winners on Facebook and Instagram, so please watch for our announcement at the conclusion of MIAW.
We work hard all year to fulfill our statutory mandate, and advocacy never takes a holiday. But we can’t discount the importance of taking time to ramp up our activities a bit through annual observances like Mental Illness Awareness Week. Our #WearGreen4MIAW gives us a special opportunity to come together and honor the passion and strength of the people who make it possible for the Eastern Regional Mental Health Board to fulfill its mission.
State law requires us to evaluate mental health programs in our region, assess strengths and unmet needs, make recommendations for improvements to the mental health systems, and plan for the future. The most profound aspect of our work, though, is the people we meet—those who are working to recover from mental health and substance use challenges, the family members and friends who offer support and encouragement, the dedicated staff members who provide a full array of critically needed services (often at a barely adequate wage), and the caring community members who join us.
It is incredibly fulfilling to help people find their voices, and to watch them become empowered through advocacy and the ability to have a direct voice in how services can and should be provided in Eastern Connecticut. Some believe that this is more significant to recovery than the services themselves.
Please call 860-886-0030 if you have questions about the contest. We’re looking forward to enjoying your photos, and to seeing our message inundate Facebook & Instagram feeds everywhere!
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