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.
Shining a light on mental illness and replacing stigma with hope.
October 2, 2016 (Sunday)- Candlelight Vigil
- 6:30 pm at the Bersen Community Life Center parking lot
- 700 S Boston Ave, Tulsa
October 3, 2016 (Monday)- Free Lunch
- 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Bersen Community Life Center
- 700 S Boston Ave - parking lot
October 4, 2016 (Tuesday) – National Day of Prayer
October 6, 2016 (Thursday) - MIAW Reception-Meet & Greet, Hosted by NAMI Tulsa
- 6:30- 8:00 pm light refreshments, Fellowship Congregational Church
- 2900 S Harvard, Tulsa
For More information on Mental Illness Awareness events, download the poster & call the NAMI Tulsa office: 918-583-6864