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Mental Illness Awareness Week

In 1990 Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week with goals to end the stigma associated with mental illness, ensure better understanding, and improve access to treatment. Too often mental illness is met with misinformation, judgment, prejudice, fear, and blame. As Rosalyn Carter said: Kindness, empathy, and understanding must replace stigma in our hearts and minds. This means rethinking our own attitudes. It means raising our children so that if they are confronted with a mental illness themselves, their families, or friends and neighbors, they aren't afraid or ashamed to seek help. It means speaking on behalf of mentally ill people and working for their rights as citizens.

For many individuals, their places of worship, their neighborhoods, their families and friends are significant help in their recovery from mental illness…a safe space where they feel welcomed and supported. We can all play a key role in the healing process by bringing solace and a sense of wholeness.

Let’s get Inspired by the recovery stories of individuals in our community.

Let’s get Informed be seeking information and dispelling myths.

Let’s get Involved by sharing the hope that recovery is possible; by being a place of emotional, relational, and spiritual support; by shattering myths and promoting awareness.Talk about the importance of treatment to your friends, your neighbors, your congregations, and on social media.

Together, we can make a difference.....

Our sponsors for Mental Illness Awareness include:

Anchor Bible Church
Bill’s BBQ-10010 Fortson Store Road Hull, GA  30646
Classic City Pilot Club
Cindy Darden, PhD.
First Baptist Church of Athens
Hodgson’s Pharmacy
Jefferson Drugs
Jim’s Grill-39 S. Broad Street Bowman, GA  30624
New Life Church
Prior, Daniel, & Wiltshire, LLC
St. Mary’s Hospital
Taziki’s Mediterranean Café-227 Prince Avenue Athens, GA  30601
The Service Fort
The Stone Store
University Tire
Weaver D’s Fine Dining-1016 E. Broad Street Athens, GA  30601

If you get a chance this week, please stop by and patron one of the restaurants or sponsors listed above.   Take the time to thank them for their support to Advantage and Mental Illness Awareness!