october2009(istock).jpgDepression screening will be a center piece to Mental Illness Awareness Week. Follow-up reports to screening leads organizers to believe it led to treatment that might not have been pursued.
The kickoff
took place with a symposium on military mental health in Washington. Elsewhere local NAMI groups are calling attention to mental illnesses, recovery stories, treatments, and life styles with performances, walks, and prayer events taking place from coast to coast for the week of Oct. 4-10:

    •A day of prayer in Juneau, Alaska, on Oct. 6, with Bipolar Awareness Day observed two days later, on Oct. 8.

    •A candlelight walk in Cumberland, Maryland on Oct. 6.

    •A NAMI walk, in Boise, Idaho on Sat. Oct. 3.

    •In Iowa City, a screening of When Medicine Got it Wrong, a documentary about the history about families who started NAMI.

    •In Kentucky, "Danville will commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 4-10 by honoring area clergy and church leaders at a breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center."

    •And in Ontario, Canada, "An autobiographical performance chronicling one woman's struggle with mental illness is one educational tool on tap for Mental Illness Awareness Week." It will be staged Oct. 6.

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