You Are Not Alone
If you have a mental illness, you are not alone. One in five adult Americans will have a mental illness during their lifetime that is severe enough to require treatment. Many more have problems that prevent them from enjoying their lives. We are here to stand by you as you find help, hope, and recovery. Fortunately, effective treatments are now available for many mental illnesses. Unfortunately, most people do not seek help.
Mental Illness Is Not Your Fault
Many wrongly believe their symptoms are their own fault or are caused by personal weakness. They think if they try hard enough they can overcome their problems by themselves, & they suffer unnecessarily. An individual with a mental illness needs treatment and help in coping with everyday problems In contrast, individuals who do not have a mental illness can usually deal with ordinary problems by themselves. At times of particular stress, however, even mentally healthy persons will find professional assistance useful.
Mayor Bartlett Calls on Tulsans to Shine a Light on Mental Illness
Candelight vigil, screenings to be held week of Oct. 2-8
Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett signed a proclamation declaring the week of October 2 through October 8, 2016 is Mental Illness Awareness Week in Tulsa. Each year, the week provides an opportunity nationally to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.
During this two terms, Mayor Bartlett has sponsored public safety summits entitled A Stronger, Safer Tulsa to explore issues that are linked to mental illness, such as substance abuse and domestic violence, with organizations that lead the charge to educate and find solutions for these societal issues that have an impact families and the workplace.
One in five adults experience mental illness problems every year and 50 percent of chronic mental illness begins by age 14. Although many people today understand that mental illness is a medical condition, individuals and families affected by mental illness are still often subjected to stigma and discrimination.
Mayor Bartlett is working with the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness by calling on everyone to shine a light on mental illness and replace stigma with hope.
For a schedule of activities planned in Tulsa for the week, visit www.namitulsa.org/
Learn more about National Mental Illness Awareness Week at www.nami.org/miaw.
We are the National Alliance On Mental Illness
We are the parents, brothers and sisters, children, spouses, and friends of people with serious mental illness; as well as those persons themselves. We share one another's pain and we share one another's hope. We are working to build a better tomorrow for our loved ones and for ourselves. Read more...
Mental Illness Awareness Week October 2-8
Shining a light on mental illness and replacing stigma with hope.
October 2, 2016 (Sunday)- Candlelight Vigil
October 3, 2016 (Monday)- Free Lunch
October 4, 2016 (Tuesday) – National Day of Prayer
October 6, 2016 (Thursday) - MIAW Reception-Meet & Greet, Hosted by NAMI Tulsa
For More information on Mental Illness Awareness events, download the poster & call the NAMI Tulsa office: 918-583-6864
What Can I Do?
Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. Raising awareness on your own, as part of a small group or part of your community can make a difference.
Taking action and raising awareness of mental health conditions can break down obstacles and improve the chance of recovery. Learn how you can make a difference in your community and for millions of Americans across the U.S.
Take the stigma-free Pledge
Mental health matters to everyone. Individuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the pledge to learn more about mental illness, to see a person for who they are and take action on mental health issues. Take the pledge and raise awareness.
Learn about mental health—educate myself and others
See the person not the illness—strive to listen, understand, tell my own story
Take action—spread the word, raise awareness, make a difference
Members help each other cope, and get through hard times. They share information and experiences with local services and professionals. A warm circle of friends offers support and hope.
NAMI Tulsa conducts many educational services at no charge to the public. We learn about long term mental illnesses such as schizophrenia & major & manic depression are biochemically caused brain diseases. They aren't caused by poor home environment. They aren't the result of character flaws. Scientific research has demonstrated these truths. Public education lacks sadly behind. We are changing that, with TV, radio and the press....
We promote and assist many mental health research initiatives. Major depressive disorders are disrupting the lives of more than 10 million Americans. More than 100,000 new cases of schizophrenia are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Most of these occur ....