Silence can be a welcome state of serenity and peace for many people. Yet, for those afflicted with a mental illness, their silence can be deafening and destructive. At Rice Psychology Group, we see it as our duty to break the stigma surrounding mental illnesses by providing the necessary evaluation, education and therapy services for those afraid to speak up.
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), also known as Mental Health Awareness Week, was established to educate and promote awareness about mental illnesses, such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. From October 4 – 10, organizations and advocates throughout the nation will come together to hold events that encourage community outreach and public education.
Don’t let the stigma surrounding a possible metal health illness define your brighter future. Take your first step toward feeling better today.
Doing Away with the Stigma
Since its inception in 1990 by the U.S. Congress, MIAW continuously moves forward with its efforts, which include activities such as:
- Art and music events
- Educational sessions led by healthcare professionals
- Advertising campaigns
- Health fairs
- Movie nights
- Candlelight vigils
- Benefit runs
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one out of four adults (26.2% of Americans) are living with a diagnosable mental illness. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with the issue is an obstruction on the path to proper treatment. Take part in Mental Illness Awareness Week this October and help put an end to the stigma through awareness and education.
Take the First Step with Rice Psychology Group
Rice Psychology Group understands how difficult it can be to break the silence and speak up about a possible mental health illness, but know that you don’t have to take on this issue alone. The journey to feeling better may seem hard and grueling, but with the support of your loved ones and our team of psychologists by your side, we’ll help you identify and deal with the issue at hand. Visit one of our locations in Tampa and let Rice Psychology Group listen to your story today.