Mental Illness Awareness Week – October 3rd to 7th
The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and a special opportunity to spread awareness and come together to provide support and strength to the 1 in 5 people affected by mental illness and their families. To reduce stigma and make early intervention and support more prevalent, we must join together. This October, Santa Teresa Parish will generously host the following events in support of NAMI Santa Clara (The National Alliance for Mental Illness).
Tuesday, October 4th, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Santa Teresa Church: “Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding” Candle Lighting Service and NAMI Outreach speakers. Our prayers and actions are needed to restore mental wellness in America. By seeking God’s guidance we can recommit ourselves to replacing misinformation, blame, fear and prejudice with truth and love in order to offer hope to all who are touched by mental illness. People recover from mental illnesses all the time. With support and treatment, between 70% and 90% of individuals reports reduced symptoms and improved quality of life. Good mental health enables people to realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and contribute to their communities.
Thursday, October 6th, 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the Santa Teresa Conference Room “In Our Own Voices” aims to enrich our understanding of how the over 58 million Americans contending with Mental illness cope while also reclaiming rich and meaningful lives.
All are welcome to come to these events! For information, contact Leah Harris, Pastoral Care, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-997-5110.
Find out more about National Alliance for Mental Illness at www.namisantaclara.org or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at www.afsp.org.