October is a Month of Awareness
October is a Month of Awareness
The month of October is a time to recognize and bring awareness to several causes. This month, we join national organizations in recognizing several initiatives listed below. With this page, we seek to share information, resources, and ways to connect to these movements through webinars, social media campaigns, and beyond.
Mental Illness Awareness Week- October 3-9
In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, we would like to share a few of our Network's resources that raise awareness to mental illness. You may also follow our MHTTC Network on social media as we elevate and unify the messages from Mental Health America (MHA) and the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) this week. You may find our resources and each of our Centers on social media by clicking below.
- Experiential Ways to Build Up Your Mental Health and Resilience
- Supporting Each Other and Ourselves: Mental Health Awareness and Promotion in the Wake of COVID-19
- Promoting Mental Health Awareness in Schools
New England MHTTC
Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC
Central East MHTTC
Great Lakes MHTTC
South Southwest MHTTC
Mountain Plains MHTTC
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC
Network Coordinating Office
Mental Health America (MHA)
This year, Mental Health America (MHA) will raise awareness of mental health conditions that are often misunderstood or aren't discussed much at all. This theme was chosen to bring certain diagnoses to the forefront of the mental health conversation. Each day this week, MHA will focus their efforts on a single category to drive home a consistent message:
- Sunday, October 3: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Monday, October 4: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Tuesday, October 5: Borderline Personality Disorder
- Wednesday, October 6: Dissociation and Dissociative Disorders
- Thursday, October 7: Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Friday, October 8: Paranoia and Delusional Disorders
- Saturday, October 9: Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Additionally, join the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as they center this week around their new awareness campaign, “Together for Mental Health,” where the focus is on the importance of advocating for better care for people with serious mental illness (SMI). Each day throughout the week, they highlight voices of people with lived experience to talk about SMI and the need for improved crisis response and mental health care.
How to engage online with NAMI:
- Watch their video series
- Read their blog posts
- Share their social media graphics
- Learn from the Fast Facts
National Depression Screening Day- October 7
Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how someone feels, thinks, and handles daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. For more information on depression, visit the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)'s health topic page or view their available brochures.
You can also help raise awareness about depression by sharing information, graphics, and materials developed by NIMH found here.
World Mental Health Day- October 10
World Mental Health Day occurs every year on October 10. This day is centered around raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and improving mental health care to all populations.
Indigenous Peoples Day- October 11
On this day, we commemorate Indigenous Peoples Day and offer resources developed by our Network that address the culture, resilience, and the history of indigenous people and their communities.
- Colonialism, Indigenous Trauma and Healing
- Culture is Prevention: Postcards Series
- Engaging Ecuadorian, Peruvian, and Nicaraguan indigenous Populations in Mental Health Treatment
- Engaging Mexican Indigenous Families, Children, and Youth in Mental Health Treatment
- Healing the Returning Warrior
- Native American & Alaska Native Time Travel: A Look through our History & Resiliency of Our People
- Navigating the New Normal: American Indian and Alaska Native School Communities Reopening in 2021/22
- Northern Triangle Unaccompanied Children and Families Seeking Asylum: Impact of Traumatic Events on Children’s Attachment and Reunification Processes
- Self-Help and Self-Care Resources for Native Americans and Alaska Natives
- Strengthening Resilience: Promoting Positive School Mental Health Among Indigenous Youth
- Suicide Prevention in Latino and Indigenous Populations
- Tips to Engage in Mental Health Treatment: The Indigenous Populations from the Northern Triangle