Chester County Observes National Mental Illness Awareness Week

Chester County Observes National Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) has been recognized the first full week of October for two plus decades, offering the opportunity to learn more about a topic that affects a quarter of the US population.

Chester County Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (MHIDD) will show how to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing while reducing mental health disorders through Chester County Conversations, a multi-pronged education campaign expected to launch in 2014 through funding from the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

“Mental health is an essential part of our overall health and personal wellbeing. It affects how we get along at home, at our job, and in the community,” said Caroline Smith, Mental Health Deputy Administrator, Chester County Department of MHIDD. “Because many individuals and families are affected by mental health challenges, this campaign aims to address the need for education and will be a collaborative effort with community partners.”

If you want to participate, contact the MHIDD Outreach Liaison at


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