Advocates raising awareness of mental disorders during Mental Health Awareness Week

Advocates raising awareness of mental disorders during Mental Health Awareness Week

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week and was established to educate and increase awareness about mental illness.

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place every year during the first full week of October. Mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join to sponsor events to promote community outreach and public education of major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more.

"Some of the signs is just that sense that I'm not coping with whatever the situation is very well and that I'm struggling emotionally, mentally or behaviorally with normal day to day living," said Thomas Waynick, CEO and directory of the Pastoral Institute.

An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older are believed to be diagnosed with mental illness In any given year.

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