On Friday, October 2, 2020 NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region PA will officially kick off the observance of National Mental Illness Awareness Week
by holding its Annual Candlelight Vigil on the Spruce Street side of the Lackawanna County Courthouse in Scranton.
The event will begin at 6:00 PM and end at sundown with the lighting of the candles.
This event is intended to educate the people in the Northeast PA community about mental illness, and to end stigma by celebrating the great strides that have been made in diagnosing and treating mental illness.
NAMI Scranton takes this opportunity to honor individuals or organizations with the NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region Candlelight Award. The Candlelight Award is a distinguished honor that the NAMI Scranton affiliate awards to an individual or an organization in recognition of efforts made toward improving the lives of people with mental illness in Northeast PA. These efforts exemplify excellence in the mental health community and serve as a role model to the people of Northeast PA as we all battle the stigma and discrimination that continues to surround mental illness. This award highlights outstanding actions at both individual and team levels. It celebrates exceptional work, commitment, advocacy, and creativity of those who are making a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness.
NAMI Scranton will also present the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Leadership Award to the CIT member who has provided extraordinary service in response to mental health crisis calls and/or provided exemplary leadership toward the development and expansion of CIT in Lackawanna, Susquehanna and/or Wayne Counties. Open to all CIT members, this award recognizes those members that strive toward a standard of excellence that goes above and beyond what is expected of them. It celebrates exceptional work, commitment, advocacy, and creativity of those who are making a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness.
NAMI Scranton knows that the stigma of mental illness may leave a person feeling alienated and empty, having the compassion and support of the community can help to eliminate these feelings and to contribute to one’s well-being and health. NAMI Scranton hopes to educate the public about mental illness and to let our candles shine through the darkness of stigma and light the way to understanding during Mental Illness Awareness Week.