October 1–7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, a time to shine a light on mental illness and replace stigma with hope. As part of HR Florida's ongoing partnership with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Florida, we encourage you to take this week to learn more about mental illness, help fight stigma, provide support, and educate your employees. One in five adults experiences a mental illness in any given year. Early identification and treatment can make a big difference for successful management of a condition.
During Mental Illness Awareness Week, there are many opportunities to learn more and provide support. You can take a self-assessment to see how much you know about mental illness: namiflorida.org. Access the Stigma Free Florida toolkit to learn more about mental illness in the workplace and how your organization can pledge to be stigma free. In addition, as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, National Depression Screening Day will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5. Organizations are encouraged to offer free, anonymous questionnaires that can help individuals identify potential signs of depression. Learn more at www.mentalhealthscreening.org/programs/ndsd
HR Florida is proud to partner with NAMI Florida to raise awareness of mental illness in the workplace. During Mental Illness Awareness Week, please take the first step by taking the #StigmaFreeFlorida Pledge at www.namiflorida.org. Help yourself, your family, your friends and your community. Help make a difference by saving lives and supporting recovery.