- October 6, 2015

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2015

This post was sponsored by Austin Oaks Hospital in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, to share free resources available to Austin families.

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In 1990, the U.S. Congress declared the first full week of October to be Mental Illness Awareness Week, in support of efforts by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to bring understanding and education to others. This year, for the 25th anniversary, the theme of Mental Illness Awareness Week revolves around building a movement through the new StigmaFree initiative.

From the NAMI website:

Being Stigma Free means learning about and educating others on mental illness, focusing on connecting with people to see each other as individuals and not a diagnosis, and most importantly, taking action on mental health issues and taking the StigmaFree pledge. The hashtag for the theme is #IAmStigmaFree.

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Austin Oaks Hospital offers mental health services to children, adolescents and adults. Their team of experienced mental health professionals is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide free assessment and help determine appropriate treatment options. In addition to its mental health services for children and adults in need, Austin Oaks also provides free parenting classes to the community on topics ranging from setting limits with kids to emotional warning signs in children and teens to LGBTQ awareness and more.  Austin Oaks also works collaboratively with local organizations, schools, police departments, large companies, and other local agencies to provide free training on mental health issues and topics relevant to their agencies.   

Free Parenting Classes

Upcoming Parenting Classes at Austin Oaks include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30–7:30 PM — Understanding Self-Injurious Behaviors
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30–7:30 PM — Holiday Stressors and Healthy Ways to Deal with the Holidays – Part I
  • Thursday, Dec. 17, 6:30–7:30 PM – Holiday Stressors and Healthy Ways to Deal with the Holidays – Part II

Free Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Upcoming CEU Presentations at Austin Oaks include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 9:30 AM — Identifying, Managing & Treating Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, , 9:30 AM — Creative Practices Using Music Interventions
  • Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, 9:30 AM — Interventions to Relax, Renew and Rejuvenate – Self-Care
  • Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, 9:30 AM — Trauma-Informed Care in Classroom

All classes are held at Austin Oaks Hospital (1407 W. Stassney Lane, Austin, 78745). Since space is limited, RSVP to attend either a Parenting class or a CEU Presentation by calling 512-440-4800. For more information, call or email Angelica Reyes at 512-850-7322 / [email protected], or click on these flyer PDFs: Austin Oaks Parenting Classes or Austin Oaks CEU Presentations.

Suicide Prevention

September was Suicide Prevention Month; though it’s October now, suicide is obviously an incredibly serious and ongoing issue, and prevention is a year-round effort to help people in need. Austin Oaks Hospital is doing its part by offering mental health services to children, adolescents and adults, and there are many more local, state and national resources available. If you or someone you care about is at risk for suicide, here is a list of resources for help and support:

Additional Resources

Austin Oaks Hospital also offers its own comprehensive list of resources for people dealing with a wide variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders and more.

To learn more about Austin Oaks Hospital:
1407 W. Stassney Lane
Austin, TX 78745