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Mental Illness Awareness Week Events

Sunday, October 4 - Saturday, October 10 is Mental Illness Awareness Week 

Each year, NAMI works to educate and discuss mental health conditions. This illness is important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), advocates have worked together to sponsor activities, large or small, to educate the public about mental illness at SCU we hope that you will take some time to advocate with us this week by taking a screening, or pledging to end the stigma. We have a variety of things happening this week, as well as things you can do when time allows for you. #bewellbroncos

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
    • Visit @SCUSpirit to be part of an interactive Candle-lighting 
    • Campus Ministry will be holding a Drop-in Prayer on Zoom, 11 AM - 12 PM PDT. Come for a few minutes or stay as long as you like. All are welcome.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7: CAPS & ASG Conversation 
    • Watch the Counseling and Psychological Staff (CAPS) talk with your Associated Student Government (ASG) about mental health resources on campus at 4:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Oct. 8: National Depression Screening Day
    • Take the SCU Screening (make sure you select SCU we will not know your name when we get the data) 
  • Saturday, Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day
    • Watch for the Instagram Takeover of the Santa Clara University page - fellow current and past Broncos will share their stories, and staff will share resources 
    • Sign up for the NAMI Walks National Day of Hope- consider signing up and walking 
  • Anytime this week: 
    • Review the NAMI website for information about mental health and to build your awareness 
    • Read the NAMI Blogs to hear personal stories 
    • Take the Pledge to End the Stigma 
    • Visit the Emotional Wellness webpage to find information about this dimension of wellness or to find a mentor to talk to (mentors that are staff are not certified counselors but are people you can talk to and they can assist you with resources if needed) 
    • Explore the Mental Wellness Resources on the Cowell Center webpage