Walk with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) during May Mental Awareness Month and “Change Minds One Step at a Time.” Founded by parents of children with mental illness, NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country. Its mission: to educate, support, and advocate for those with mental illness and their families, to tell entire communities about what it means to struggle with mental illness and that recovery is possible. One in four adults is affected by mental illness and NAMI is dedicated to raising awareness, fighting for services, advocating for better health care treatment, and for research.
When I think of NAMI, I think of the faces behind the logo, the people I have worked beside in our local NAMI affiliate in Colorado Spring to offer classes to those with mental illness, to their families, and to health care professionals; to raise awareness in the community, offering workshops in schools, in the workplace, and to other non-profits; to answer calls and help those in crisis. Hundreds of volunteers in our chapter teach classes, facilitate support groups, write for the newsletter, man the office, serve on the board, and much more. NAMI gives hope and support. When those who struggle with mental illness find NAMI, they find that they aren’t as alone as they once thought.
Walk with NAMI in your community. To find a Walk near you go to: http://www.namiwalks.org/