MANCHESTER (October 6, 2021) – iCare Health Network is a leading provider of long term care to residents with a behavioral health diagnosis in multiple settings and care centers, including in six secure behavioral health units across the network. As such, iCare works towards a stigma-free environment for behavioral health care and supportive services and recognizes the importance of awareness of mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has designated October 3-9, 2021 as Mental Illness Awareness Week.
According to the NAMI website, 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. That is why each year, during the first week of October, NAMI and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness, fight discrimination and provide support through Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW).
This year, NAMI’s mental illness awareness week is centered around our their awareness campaign, “Together for Mental Health,” where they will focus on the importance of advocating for better care for people with serious mental illness (SMI). Each day throughout the week, they will be raising the voices of people with lived experience to talk about SMI and the need for improved crisis response and mental health care.