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October 7-13th, 2018

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread. That is why each year, during the first week of October, NAMI Northern Illinois and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness. Each year, we educate the public, fight stigma and provide support. And each year, our movement grows stronger.

We believe that mental health conditions are important to discuss 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. This year, NAMI Northern Illinois’ word to remember is “Collaboration”. We cannot create a better mental health care system without YOU! Each of us must work together as a community to gain the momentum in pushing forward a care system that works.

October 7 through the 13, you can chip in for mental illness awareness by partnering with us in spreading a message of hope and recovery. Does your business want to join us? Contact NAMI Northern Illinois at 815-963-2470 or Don’t forget to attend the week of activities!

Kick off the week October 5-6: The Art of Healing Gallery, part of the Rockford Area Arts Council Fall ArtScene

October 7: Check out the Rockford Register Star for the debut of our Hand-in-Hand Signature Campaign

October 9: Faces of Mental Illness Education Program

October 10: Pizza Ranch Tip Night Fundraiser

October 11: Shelter Care Ministries’ Jubilee Center Harvest Fest

October 12: Annual Rally for Mental Health


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Sign onto our Campaign: NAMI Signature Form 2018

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