Goodwill Marks Mental Illness Awareness Week

Photos: Nicholas Pierre

This week, from Sunday, October 4 through Saturday, October 10, we mark Mental Illness Awareness week, an observance important for Goodwill NYNJ and many individuals we serve. The holiday is celebrated each year during the first full week of October.

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) (also known as Mental Health Awareness Week) was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. During this week, mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join together to sponsor a variety of events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older – about one in four adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. However, stigma surrounding mental illness is a major barrier that prevents people from seeking the mental health treatment that they need.

Goodwill NYNJ’s Behavioral Health Services in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx provide social, recreational, vocational, and employment support services. Specifically, we offer clubhouses, Peer Services, and Personalized Recovery Oriented Services.

Goodwill NYNJ aims to show how nonprofits and employers can collectively turn business opportunities into jobs for individuals with mental illness. We collaborate with corporate partners to create more inclusive communities for individuals like Tina Maria, a member of our Citiview Connections Clubhouse at Long Island City, NY.

Tina Maria was raised and educated in Columbia. For many years, she experienced paralyzing anxiety and depression. She lost her jobs, her friends, and her hope. After finding her way to Citiview and joining the Clubhouse, she has regained her sense of self-worth and established meaningful friendships and a solid support network. She currently works as a peer advocate at Goodwill NYNJ’s Peer Advocate Leadership program. Tina Maria says that she is grateful for the many opportunities Citiview has opened up for her.

For twenty years, Citiview Connections Clubhouse, a member-run program, has served individuals with mental illness.

The mission of Citiview is to provide support and opportunities to help members achieve their social, financial, educational, and vocational goals, and to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness, substance use, sexual orientation, and homelessness. Citiview is a program operated by Goodwill NYNJ.

Citiview Connection Clubhouse:

33-24 Northern Boulevard 3rd Floor

P: (718) 361-7030

Learn about other Behavioral Health Services and how Goodwill NYNJ can help improve your life through the power of work. Visit our website. 

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