In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week in October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s (NAMI’s) efforts to raise awareness of mental illness.
This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place October 2 – 8 and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses, such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Penn State’s beloved long-time winning coach, Joe Paterno, was worshipped by many. He taught countless young men to excel on the football field, and pushed them to excel academically. He was a role model to many, and Penn State University took pride in being honorably linked to him. Paterno died shortly after Jerry Sandusky, one of his long-time assistant coaches, was charged with sexual abuse of an unknown number of boys and young men on and off campus.
On July 22, a crew removed the statue of Paterno from the football stadium. Many PSU fans and students believe it is the correct course of action, some opining that the statue will conjure up, not his victorious football legacy, but the legacy of many young people whose lives were destroyed, or at least, adversely affected by the actions of one of Paterno’s most trusted assistant coaches.
I hope all of you had a marvelous, happy celebration of Christmas. I continue to wish you all a meaningful, enjoyable and safe holiday season. May you all begin the new year with joy and optimism. And speaking of New Year’s?