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Mental health awareness week
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Established by Congress in 1990, the first week of October is designated as “Mental Illness Awareness Week” in recognition of the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) and its efforts to raise awareness. Also, “Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day” is held each year on the Thursday of Awareness Week to encourage further understanding and promote early intervention and treatment of this mental illness.
    Mental illnesses are disorders of the brain that can often profoundly disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others. Mental illnesses include such disorders as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses
    Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. It is not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing. According to statistics, one in five people have a mental illness. That is 20 percent of the population on any given day. A new study from Harvard University states that 55 percent of Americans will suffer from a mental disorder during their lifetime.
    In the Statesboro area, Mental Health Awareness Week activities include:
    The Statesboro Regional Library will have a special display of the many books on mental illness along with NAMI and Mental Health Association handouts related to mental illness. Also, Statesboro NAMI will participate in the Ogeechee Fair next week with a booth that will include material and resources for mental illness. Contact: Lois Roberts, president at (912) 681-6332.
    Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – (DBSA) A support group for individuals of all ages with depression and bipolar disorder will be offered the first and third Thursday of each month.  The first session is scheduled to meet October 5 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm in the Meadows Building, 541 West Church Street, Swainsboro, Georgia. National Depressive Bipolar Awareness Day is October 5th. Contact: Marion Becker, 478-982-5974 or Beth Hudson, Emanuel Medical Center, 478-289-1356
    NAMI Georgia Walk – In 2006, thousands of concerned citizens in more than 60 communities across the nation will join NAMI's Campaign for the Mind of America and walk together to raise money and awareness about our country's need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness. Location: Georgia-Pacific Center Plaza, 133 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA Date: Oct. 14, 2006 Distance: 5 K Check-in: 9:00 am Start Time10:00am
Contact: Wanda Oliver,, Phone: 404-552-9862
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