The week of October 7 to the 13th was proclaimed Mental Illness Week at the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting last week. It was announced in a proclamation to Laura Hagen Fairbanks from the National Alliance on Mental Health of Southern Arizona.
"Mental illnesses affect the brain’s ability to function normally. You have heard the terms - depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. These mental disorders are like any other medical condition; they are common AND treatable. Many of our members, staff and volunteers of NAMI Southern Arizona are individuals who have experience with mental illness because we have a loved one with a diagnosis or one ourselves. If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental illness, remember - you are not alone. " - National Alliance on Mental Health of Southern Arizona.
Here are some events hosted by NAMI in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week:
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A candle-light vigil with "personal stories of recovery and hope" will be held at Reid Park on Tues. Oct. 9, from 6pm-7pm. (Cancer Survivors Plaza 22nd St. and Lakeshore Lane across from McDonalds) Open to the public. No RSVP required.
As National Mental Illness Awareness Day falls on Oct. 10, which the week encompasses, The Loft Cinema is showing "The S Word" in partnership with NAMI SA at 7pm at 3233 E. Speedway.