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Mental Health Awareness Week

October 6th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Each year during the first full week of October, the Allegany County Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA) joins other organizations across the nation to recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW).   


One in five U.S. adults experiences a mental illness.  The focus of MIAW is to help raise awareness of mental illness, educate the public, and fight stigma. Mental health conditions are important to discuss all year, but MIAW is a time when mental health advocates join together for this cause.


Here are some ways you can help address the stigma associated with mental illness and bring about a positive change:


  • Show Respect:  Show respect to people who have a mental illness by accepting them for who they are.  Kind words go a long way in helping everyone. 
  • Treat Others Equally:  Treat individuals with a mental illness with equality.  They deserve the same rights as everyone else. 
  • Spread Awareness and Educate Others:  Mental illnesses are treatable and people do recover.  For additional information about mental health wellness visit the Allegany County LBHA website at, on Facebook at Mental Health Matters Allegany, or by calling 301-759-5070.