Each year, NAMI has dedicated the first week of October to raising awareness to mental illness and mental health. SOS Illinois invites you to support Mental Illness Awareness Week this October 4 – 10, #MIAW.
The Village Model of Care Prioritizes the Health of Children in Foster Care
Our Village Model of Care makes certain that each child that enters our Villages has a dedicated support system from the very start. From our full-time Foster Parents to our on-site case management, therapists, mentors, Village directors, support staff and more, the youth in our care are able to find safety and security in knowing they’re surrounded by a community that only wants the best for them.
The SOS Illinois Clinical Team is sharing resources to help children and families reduce stress and anxiety. This year, we believe reminding people they are not alone is now more important than ever, as we learn how to best cope with the pandemic and the changes is has required each of us to make.
NAMI Shares How You Can Support this Effort
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Health, which focuses on raising awareness and providing support and education to those in need for the millions affected by mental illness and more. The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Throughout the week, we will be raising the voices of those with lived experience to talk about some of the conditions and symptoms that are most misunderstood.
Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from October 4 – 10 and coincides with additional related events:
- Tuesday Oct. 6: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
- Thursday Oct. 8: National Depression Screening Day
- Saturday Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day
- Saturday Oct. 10: NAMI Walks National Day of Hope
You Are Not Alone
NAMI continues our year-long awareness campaign, You Are Not Alone, to feature the stories of people affected by mental illness to fight stigma, inspire others and educate the broader public. Now more than ever, the mental health community must come together and show that no one is ever really alone. No one should be without the information, support, connection and help they need.
Follow SOS Illinois during the #MIAW Campaign
During Mental Illness Awareness Week, and the full month of October, SOS Illinois will be sharing resources, insights, and wisdom about caring for your own mental health, and supporting the mental health of others. You can find us on our social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Additionally, we will be sharing information about the ways that our Village Model of Care helps to support the mental health of youth in foster care, and how you can get involved to help get our communities happy and healthy.