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It is likely that everyone knows someone—either a friend, family member, or coworker—who is struggling with a mental illness. Despite the fact that millions of Americans live mental illnesses each year, patients are often misunderstood and stigmatized.
Each year the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) brings awareness to mental illnesses during the first full week of October, observing it as National Mental Illness Awareness Week. This year, the observation is taking place from October 7-13. All this week, NAMI is striving to educate the public on mental illness, fight the stigma associated with it, and provide support for those struggling, according to a statement from the organization.