A guest post from Linda Hofmann, Director of Behavioral Health Services at Frederick Memorial Hospital:
The week of October 7th-13th is National Mental Illness Awareness Week, an observance established in 1990 in recognition of the efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to raise awareness of mental illness.
Mental illness is a medical illness—it does not discriminate. One in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in 17 adults lives with a serious mental illness.
You may think mental illness doesn’t affect you, but it does. The truth is we all are affected, personally or through the people in our lives.
Mental illness comes in far too many forms to fit a recognizable stereotype, and it’s not isolated to those who are hospitalized, as it may be tempting to believe. On behalf of the Provider Council of Frederick and NAMI, we want you to know that you are not alone, there is help.
The following events are free of charge and open to the public:
Sunday October 7th – 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Way Station
Maryland Playback Ensemble
Saturday Oct 13th – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church Parish Hall (106 West Church Street, Frederick)
The Maryland Playback Ensemble will present “Stories of Stigma and Support” (Facebook event link), described as an opportunity to “share, hear, and honor stories from those in the [mental health] trenches.”
During Mental Illness Awareness Week, let’s all talk with friends and neighbors about mental illness and recovery. It’s an opportunity to learn facts and end myths to help break the stigma—and silence— that too often surrounds the topic.
By changing attitudes about mental illness, we can change lives.