Mental Illness Awareness Week

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By Rebecca Martelotti
Assistant Features Editor

Each year, millions of Americans face the tough reality of living with a mental health condition. The first full week of October is dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness across the nation.

LIU Post has therapists and counselors on staff available to work with both faculty and students all day. Students can feel free to book an appointment during their free time, and even schedule to see someone weekly. The therapists do not only offer help for those with a mental condition but also of any student who just needs an outlet from the stress of their daily lives.

The United States Congress first established Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in 1990 to help the efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The week includes two national events; Tuesday, Oct. 7 is the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding, and Thursday, Oct. 9, is the National Depression Screening Day.

LIU Post does not do anything to specifically recognize mental illness awareness week. The Student Health and Counseling Center is located in room 154 of the Life Science Building. The office is opened Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the contact number is 516 299-2345. LIU Post offers free and confidential services for students.

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