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Mental Health Awareness Month
In 1990, the United States Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (also known as Mental Health Awareness Week) to acknowledge the efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The week highlights the importance of fighting stigma, providing support, educating the public and advocating for equal care.
According to NAMI, one in five adults experience mental health illness problems every year and 50% of chronic mental illness begins by age 14. Early identification and treatment can make a difference. Some of the symptoms of depression include sleeping too little or too much, loss of interest in activities, reduced or increased appetite, fatigue and/or loss of energy, restlessness, and irritability. The more people know about mental illness, the better they can help themselves, their families and their communities. The National Depression Screening Day is usually held during the first week of October. This year, it was held on October 5th. If you missed your chance to attend a Depression Screening Event, do not fret! You can still participate in Kent State University’s free confidential online screening module that is available 24-hours per day throughout the year. The website is http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/kent This questionnaire screens for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. After completing the survey, you will receive feedback, referrals and resources.
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