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AM – All Month – MHAW/M – Mental Health Awareness Week/Month – Events – Resources – Support Groups – Information – Monday Through Saturday



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.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Runs From

October 3–9 and coincides with additional related events:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
  • Thursday Oct. 7: National Depression Screening Day
  • Saturday, Oct. 9: NAMIWalks United Day of Hope
  • Sunday Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day


Nurturing Positive Mental Health in Children,
Preteens and Teens

Thu, October 7, 2021 — Free Online Support Group

10:00 AM — 11:00 AM PDT

If you are looking for ways to connect with your child before they become teenagers or adults who leave the nest, this is a great peer support session for you. Our expert, Therapist Associate, Karlyn Webb will share valuable insights on raising preteens and teens in the age of social media, a pandemic, and day-to-day life events. Join us for this important topic.

We will cover the following issues:

  • How is mental health defined as it relates to children and teens?
  • Warning signs that your child/teen may be struggling with their mental health.
  • Prevention — How to Nurture Positive Mental Health in Children and Teens.
  • How to Help Your Child/Teen Develop Healthy Coping Skills.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in support group discussion:

  • There will be a 20-minute Q&A to allow you to participate in the conversation
  • All participants will have a chance to win a prize after the event


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Social Media, Self-Esteem and Mental Health

led by Dr. Adam Assoian

Wed, October 6, 2021


We’ve all seen the funny memes of ‘Instagram vs. Reality’, but what these picture-perfect lifestyle images on social media often do to our emotional well-being and self-esteem is not funny at all. Join this very important peer support group session with Dr. Adam as he leads a group discussion on building self-esteem, resiliency, and prioritizing your mental health in the days of overwhelming social media influence.

  • There will be a 20-minute Q&A to allow you to participate in the conversation
  • All participants will have a chance to win a prize after the meeting



Join Centre for Mental Health as we mark
World Mental Health Day

Free Online Event

Thursday, October 7, 2021 – 5:00 to 6:00 PM PDT

Join the Centre as we mark World Mental Health Day by putting the spotlight on mental health inequalities. A year on from our ground-breaking report Mental Health For All?, we look at the hard facts surrounding inequality in mental health: why some people are so much more likely to face mental health difficulties, or struggle to get the help they deserve.

As a society, we are more aware of the mental health difficulties so many of us face — but we’re not always as aware of the role inequality plays in our experience of mental health problems, services, or getting better.

Hear from Andy Bell (Deputy CEO, Centre for Mental Health) on the key findings of our research, as well as Poppy Jaman (Trustee, Centre for Mental Health and Chief Executive, City Mental Health Alliance) and Rose Ssali (Chief Executive, Support and Action for Women’s Network).

While the scale of the problem can feel overwhelming, this webinar will explain both the reality and the solutions for truly creating good mental health for all.

This online event is free to attend. Please sign up for a ticket, and we will email you with a Zoom link one week before the event.

Ohel and NY Project Hope invite you to join us as we work to unmask the stigmas surrounding mental health
  • Exploring and understanding the stigma surrounding mental health in our communities
  • Finding a group that understands you
  • Sharing common challenges we face when pursuing support for our mental health
  • Finding new solutions, connections, and support during these shifting times

*Questions, comments, or just need someone to talk to? Call our free and anonymous helpline at 718-686-4673 (HOPE) or email us at

*To reach out directly to the presenters, please contact Helen at



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Disaster Distress Helpline
The national Disaster Distress Helpline is available for anyone experiencing emotional #distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to be connected to a trained, caring counselor, 24/7/365. Disaster

Crisis Text Line
Text MHA to 741741, and you’ll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line provides free, text-based support 24/7.

The Trevor Project
Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678. A national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.

Trans Lifeline
Dial 877-565-8860 for US and 877-330-6366 for Canada. Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers.

Dial 2-1-1
If you need assistance finding food, paying for housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, visit or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help. Run by the United Way.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
For any victims and survivors who need support, call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto or text LOVEIS to 22522.

StrongHearts Native Helpline 
Call 1-844-762-8483. The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a confidential and anonymous culturally appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans, available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. 

The National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline
Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

Caregiver Help Desk
Contact Caregiver Action Network’s Care Support Team by dialing 855-227-3640. Staffed by caregiving experts, the Help Desk helps you find the right information you need to help you navigate your complex caregiving challenges. Caregiving experts are available 8:00 AM — 7:00 PM ET.

The Partnership for Drug-free Kids Helpline
Call 1-855-378-4373 if you are having difficulty accessing support for your family, or a loved one struggling with addiction faces care or treatment challenges resulting from COVID-19 circumstances, the Partnership for Drug-free Kids’ specialists can guide you. Support is available in English and Spanish, from 9:00 am -midnight ET weekdays and noon-5:00pm ET on weekends. 

Physician Support Line
The Physician Support Line is available at 1-888-409-0141 every day from 8:00 AM — 1:00 AM ET. Physician Support Line is a national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists to provide peer support for other physicians and American medical students.


  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  • Mental illness affects:
    • 44% of LGB adults
    • 32% Mixed/Multiracial adults
    • 22% of White adults
    • 19% of American Indian or Alaska Native
    • 18% of Latinx adults
    • 17% of Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander adults
    • 17% of Black adults
    • 14% of Asian adults
  • Annual prevalence among U.S. adults, by condition:
    • Anxiety Disorders: 19.1% (estimated 48 million people)
    • Major Depressive Episode: 7.8% (19.4 million people)
    • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: 3.6% (estimated 9 million people)
    • Bipolar Disorder: 2.8% (estimated 7 million people)
    • Borderline Personality Disorder: 1.4% (estimated 3.5 million people)
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 1.2% (estimated 3 million people)
    • Schizophrenia: <1% (estimated 1.5 million people)
NAMI — National Alliance on Mental Health MIAW Video Series
(Free Online Via YouTube)

NAMI is featuring videos from real people sharing their lived experience with some symptoms and conditions we are focusing on during MIAW. Watch and share the YouTube videos below.

What I Wish People Knew About Anxiety

Krishna Louis: What I wish people knew about anxiety

What I Wish People Knew About Bipolar Disorder

Andrea Landry: What I wish people knew about bipolar disorder

What I Wish People Knew About Personality Disorder

Ashlynn McNeeley: What I wish people knew about Borderline Personality Disorder

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