Your Mind Matters. Talk About It.
October 2, 2017
Sadly, we kicked off Mental Illness Awareness Week with a mass shooting.
With each passing mass shooting, the conversation turns towards the issue of mental health.
While we have no definitive proof that mental illness was a contributing factor to this tragedy —as it seems one can deduce with relatively certainty that someone in their “right state of mind” does not elect to shoot into a crowd with the intention of committing mass murder.
Either way, mental illness should and will be discussed.
Millions of Americans are living with a mental health condition, many go untreated. Mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are widespread.
That is why each year, during the first week of October, organizations and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness. Each year, we educate the public, fight stigma and provide support. And each year, the movement grows stronger.
The FCCG believes that it is important to discuss mental health conditions year-round, but highlighting them during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice.
The FCCG often hears from callers that are not only struggling with a gambling problem, but are also affected by mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and suicidal ideations. The Council provides resources such as free private counseling with certified professionals that can help individuals suffering from these conditions.
To check out some cool campaigns that are happening to raise mental illness awareness, simply go on social media and see for yourself. Celebrities like Melissa Benoist, aka Supergirl, are trying their best to raise awareness.
Check out the link below.