What do green porch lights mean and where can I get one?
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the color green represents hope and de-stigmatization of mental health. Green porch lights are used to show support of those suffering with mental illness and/or their friends and family members.
Sources: FOX News, NAMI and the Oklahoma City Police Department
The Oklahoma City Police Department will partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Oklahoma for Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) October 3-9. Citizens are invited to pic up a FREE green light bulb in support of those who suffer with mental illness. The beautiful bulbs are available at four different neighborhood police departments.
According to NAMI, the color green has long been associated with mental illness. But now, NAMI is using the color as a representation of hope and de-stigmatization of mental illnesses. Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends, or coworkers. “That is why each year, during the first week of October, NAMI and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness, fight discrimination and provide support through Mental Illness Awareness Week.
NAMI says citizens can show their support by lighting up their porch at home or even their business with a green light bulb.
Free Green Porch Light for Mental Illness Awareness and Understanding
If you would like a FREE green light bulb to support MIAW, you can visit these OKCPD locations:
Hefner – 3924 NW 122nd, (405) 297-1150
Springlake – 4116 N. Prospect, (405) 297-1160
Santa Fe – 9000 S. Santa Fe, (405) 297, 1190
Southwest – 5501 S. Portland, (405) 297-1177
To learn more about MIAW, visit the national NAMI’s website.