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Recognizing the Importance of Mental Health to our Overall Health

By Colleen Labbe, Senior Science Writer/Editor and Press Officer at the National Institutes of Health

Since 1990, the first full week of October has been designated National Mental Illness Awareness Week. This year, National Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place from October 7-13. It reminds us all that our mental health is vitally important to our overall health.

In the United States, mental disorders are common and do not discriminate. Men, women and children of all walks of life are affected by depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and other serious mental illnesses every year.

The goal of the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Learn more about mental disorders and how they can be successfully treated.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental illness, find out how you can get help.