Each year, the first full week in October is Mental Illness Awareness Week . Established by Congress in 1991, this week raises awareness, fights discrimination, and educates the public on mental illnesses. The theme for this year is “Together for Mental Health,” with a focus on advocating for better care for individuals facing serious mental illness and improving mental health care and crisis response. There are events throughout the week of October 3–9, 2021: Tuesday, October 5: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding Thursday, October 7: National Depression Screening Day Saturday, October 9: NAMIWalks United Day of Hope Sunday, October 10: World Mental Health Day There are a number of ways to get involved: Learn: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be sharing personal stories of people living with mental illness each day on their blog . Share: It’s important to bust the stigma around mental illness. NAMI provides downloadable graphics you can use on your social media to raise public awareness. Walk: You can take part in NAMIWalks from virtually anywhere. Check out the list of in-person and virtual events. Screen: Mental Health America offers online screening for many mental health concerns. If you think you or someone you know may be at risk, these can provide a quick way to determine if more in-depth assessment is needed. One in 5 adults will experience mental illness each year. It is important that we all do our part to promote awareness and understanding this week and throughout the year!