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Mental Illness Awareness Week!

October 6-12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week- I encourage each of you at some point this week to do a little investigative research to educate yourself about this condition. Most of us have assumptions or stigmas in our minds about those affected by mental illness, but in reality, 1 in 4 American’s live with mental illness om a given year. Moreover, there are a great deal of students that we serve who are affected by one or more than one illness. These may include:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
  • Eating Disorders

There are many ways to educate yourself and become better versed in the characteristics and behaviors of mental illness. Again, I encourage you to become more aware of these so we can end the negative stigmas our society has attached to individuals living with a MI.

What Can You Do? You might:
Read a book:

  • The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks
  • Crazy by Pete Earley
  • Divided Minds by Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro, M.D.
  • The Soloist by Steve Lopez

Watch a movie (and read a fact sheet about the mental illness that’s part of the plot):

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Canvas
  • Silver Lining Playbook
  • The Soloist

Visit these sites:


If you would like to talk about these or other concerns, call us today! We are a resource for you!

Information in this blog post was brought to you by Ms. Erin Kline, Special Education Coordinator.