Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place October 7th – 13th and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental illnesses are medical illnesses. One in five adult Americans experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in 17 lives with a serious, chronic illness. “Many people in our community are directly affected by mental illness,” said Michael McCartan, Executive Director of St. Clair County CMH. “The good news is treatment is available and recovery is possible.” St. Clair County Community Mental Health is hosting a number of events at its Port Huron location in observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week. All events are free and open to the public.