Monday: National Day Without Stigma (October 5), from the advocacy group Active Minds. One of the goals: “To give people the language and skills they need to have a conversation about mental health.”
Tuesday: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding (October 6). Individuals who take the initiative within their faith communities “bring hope and help to many people, some who may never have been given permission or words to speak about their struggles.”
Thursday: National Depression Screening Day (October 8), pioneered by the organization Screening for Mental Health, which emphasizes that “checking in on your mental health is as important as checking in on your physical health.”
Friday: Bipolar Awareness Day (October 9) was created to increase the awareness of bipolar disorder, promote early detection and accurate diagnosis and reduce stigma.
Saturday: World Mental Health Day (October 10), from the World Health Organization. This year’s theme, “Dignity in Mental Health,” ties issues such as mental health policy and informed consent to treatment to human rights.