October 4, 2017
In alignment with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, West Chester University is recognizing October 2 through 9 as Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends, or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses' reach and prevalence, social stigma and misunderstanding are also widespread. Awareness and education are crucial to recognizing mental health issues, promoting recovery, and eradicating stigma.
To bring attention to the seriousness of the issue to the campus and the wider community, University President Christopher Fiorentino has proclaimed October 2 through October 9, 2017, as Mental Illness Awareness Week at West Chester University. He encourages everyone to take the "stigma free pledge" to encourage acceptance and understanding for those suffering with mental illnesses.
He also encourages everyone to sign up for the free Mental Health First Aid training course offered on campus by WCU. The eight-hour, evidence-based public education course teaches everyday citizens how to identify risk factors and warning signs and to understand and respond with a practical action plan, giving anyone the skills to help someone struggling with a mental health concern or crisis. Participants must attend all 8 hours to receive certification.
Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in 1990.