According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults–approximately 61.5 million Americans–experiences mental illness in a given year. Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions and on average die 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to treatable medical conditions.

NAMI has established this week (October 5th-11th) as Mental Illness Awareness week. Since 1990, this week has been used to organize community events, education initiatives for the public, and online resources for those struggling with a mental health condition.

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