Sunday, October 6 - Saturday, October 12, 2019
IN 2018, IHWSH launched a new initiative to raise awareness of very common, under-treated medical illnesses: depression and anxiety. Coinciding with National Mental Illness Awareness Week, and International Mental Health Day, #WellWeek offered Houstonians a new opportunity to engage in open discussion about the scope of this national epidemic, a key first step to turning the tide in favor of successful treatment. In its first year, with the participation of 34 passionate local eateries, #WellWeek raised and donated 5K to NAMI GH, Legacy Community Health and Southern Smoke, evidence of the local food and beverage industry’s commitment to chip away at the stigma associated with mental illness that prevents many of our colleagues and friends from seeking the help they need.
IHWSH again invites our city’s restaurants, bars and coffee shops to join this effort to stimulate discussion around and funds for the treatment of mental illness. Eateries will offer a "depressed dessert” - confection to remind diners that one in five Houstonians may have trouble appreciating the sweeter parts of life. Bars will offer non-alcoholic beverages that rival the complexity of a cocktail in support of individuals whose healing requires moderation or abstention from alcohol.
Please contact us for sponsorship opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WellWeek beneficiaries to be determined; please contact us for further information on local mental health resources under consideration for charitable partnership.