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History of a Call for A National Day of Prayer
for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding

A Nouwen Network invites you to join with us in establishing A National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness  Recovery and Understanding in Australia. We call for this day to be held on the Sunday of, or immediately following 10th October – the date on which World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually.

A BRIEF BACKGROUND HISTORY

World Mental Health Day was proclaimed in 1992. The World Mental Health Day was started by the World Federation for Mental Health. The World Health Organization (WHO), which is a facet of the United Nations, is a co-sponsor. World Mental Health Day is held annually on October 10 to raise public awareness about mental health issues worldwide. This event promotes open discussions on illnesses, as well as investments in prevention and treatment service.

IN AUSTRALIA

Mental Health Week became established Australia wide in 1985. It is an annual, national event that aims to improve community awareness and knowledge about mental health illness and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems. Mental Health Week is held every year to coincide with World Mental Health Day – 10th October.

IN AMERICA

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 on Mental Illness (NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October.

The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness  Recovery and Understanding was initiated by Angela Vickers and Gunnar Christiansen of NAMI as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week in America. Since it began in 2004, it has had widespread support by individual congregations and National Faith Community Mental Illness Networks.

IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

An annual Mental Health Awareness Week has been held in May since 2000. Many churches participate in special worship and community events on or near the date of World Mental Health Day. Worship Resources have been prepared and made available to encourage wide church participation.

IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

2010 A Nouwen Network (a cross-denominational outreach) invites faith communities to actively participate in Mental Health Week.
The network encourages faith communities to do this by:


Since 2010 the numbers of individuals and congregations engaged in such activities has grown considerably.

2013 A Nouwen Network continues to proclaim that ‘Any day is a good day to show support’ for those whose lives are affected by mental health issues. We also believe that there is a great need or A National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness Recovery and Understanding to be held annually here in Australia.

We encourage you to join with us in praying for mental health issues on the Sunday of, or immediately following World Mental Health Day 10th October.

Workplaces of church organizations and schools are invited to participate in the day of prayer on a weekday of choice during Mental Health Week.

We do not suggest that there is just one way in which this day should be celebrated. Participate in whatever manner best suits your own faith community. You can download helpful Worship Resources to use for the Day of Prayer from several Mental Mental Health Ministry websites.


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