Candelight vigil, screenings to be held week of Oct. 2-8
Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett signed a proclamation declaring the week of October 2 through October 8, 2016 is Mental Illness Awareness Week in Tulsa. Each year, the week provides an opportunity nationally to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.
During this two terms, Mayor Bartlett has sponsored public safety summits entitled A Stronger, Safer Tulsa to explore issues that are linked to mental illness, such as substance abuse and domestic violence, with organizations that lead the charge to educate and find solutions for these societal issues that have an impact families and the workplace.
One in five adults experience mental illness problems every year and 50 percent of chronic mental illness begins by age 14. Although many people today understand that mental illness is a medical condition, individuals and families affected by mental illness are still often subjected to stigma and discrimination.
Mayor Bartlett is working with the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness by calling on everyone to shine a light on mental illness and replace stigma with hope.
NAMI Tulsa and several other local agencies are paying particular attention to informing Tulsa of mental illness issues, this week. NAMI Tulsa has a full agenda listed on their website
NAMI Tulsa says; "Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. Raising awareness on your own, as part of a small group or part of your community can make a difference.
Taking action and raising awareness of mental health conditions can break down obstacles and improve the chance of recovery. Learn how you can make a difference in your community and for millions of Americans across the U.S."
Mental Illness Awareness Week October 2-8
Shining a light on mental illness and replacing stigma with hope.
October 2, 2016 (Sunday)- Candlelight Vigil
October 6, 2016 (Thursday) - MIAW Reception-Meet & Greet, Hosted by NAMI Tulsa
Look for NAMI Tulsa’s “Lucy Booth” in various locations around the downtown Tulsa area. It's a spin of of the popular 'Peanuts' comic strip where Lucy provides health information. NAMI Tulsa's Lucy mascot provides information to the public, free of charge, helping inquiring people know where to get the reliable help they need.
For More information on Mental Illness Awareness events, download the poster & call the NAMI Tulsa office: 918-583-6864