About Mental Health Awareness Week

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In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Week, the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, in collaboration with the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, present a week of anti-stigma events representing a broad spectrum of the mental health community on Long Island.

It’s no secret that stigma is a major barrier for many who need mental healthcare. As a result, too many people avoid seeking the help they need. The goal for Mental Health Awareness Week is to promote a broader understanding through a network of Island-wide community dialogues, educational forums, and engaging events. We aim to reach not only to those impacted by the challenges of mental health distress, trauma, and psychiatric disability, but all Long Islanders so people can better access the services that they, or a loved one, need.

Events will include a myriad of activities including displays at local libraries, presentations on legal issues, health fairs and screenings, and a variety of artistic, creative, and wellness-promoting workshops. Please visit our Upcoming Events page for details and return back often because new events are being added every day.

As in past years, we are engaging many public and private partners to host activities and events during the week that will help advance the conversation about mental health.

History

Mental Health Awareness Week, known previously as Mental Illness Awareness Week, was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October.