In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to raise mental illness awareness.
NAMI’s Union County chapter has been active throughout the year working on that mission.
NAMI UC has just released its updated version of the Union County Mental Health Resource Guide, now in its Fifth Edition. The guide, made possible through the generosity of NAMI UC board member Larisa DePalma, provides information on the vast array of mental health services in Union County.
The new guide will be available at the group’s next public meeting, to be held Oct. 22 at the American Legion Post at 1003 North Avenue in Westfield. NAMI UC’s public meetings feature speakers on mental health topics, free literature and light refreshments. The audience is always encouraged to ask questions.
Other NAMI UC activities include its Family-to-Family mental health education courses that are offered in the Spring and Fall, its Holiday Star and Pizza Party events offered to mental health consumers, a police training program and the Traci Roman Enrichment Scholarships. Members of NAMI UC also frequently present to groups interested in learning more about mental health.
To request a presentation on “Living with Mental Illness”, see how you can get involved, or obtain a Resource Guide call 908-233-1628.