Welcome to my personal NAMIWalks fundraising page. I am walking with NAMI because the work they do is very important to me. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans impacted by mental illness.
In September 2016 I lost a life long friend, Justin Stewart, to suicide. Justin was one of the most driven, successful, and all around put together people in our close group of friends growing up. He always had his future in mind, held himself to a high standard, and set lofty goals for himself. We all looked up to him in that way. He would have unanimously been voted most likely to succeed among our group of friends. Out of college, he was the first to achieve major professional success which did not surprise any of us. Because of this, every time I had my own professional achievement, I thought about how I might be making Justin proud. Every time I make an achievement now and when I started my own business I couldn't help but think how impressed he might have been, and I strive for the drive that he had.
I share this because, Justin is someone I would have never even considered at risk of suicide. And SO often it is those that you wouldn't expect, those that seem to have it all together or have it all going for them, that might be silently suffering. Mental illness is not always obvious, and if I had been more aware and more educated perhaps I could have seen some signs. What is happening on the outside is not always true to what is happening on the inside, especially in the time of social media, and it is important that we check on our loved ones even if they seem like they are doing fine.
My boyfriend Omar lost a beloved coworker last year to suicide as well. We decided to create a team to participate in the LA NAMIWalk to help raise money and awareness for mental illness & suicide prevention. Our team name is a latin phrase meaning "toward better things". I set a lofty fundraising goal for us of $5,000 because I want to challenge myself and you to help us support this important cause that affects so many. Any amount, large or small, you are able to give is greatly appreciated.
Donating to NAMI through my page is easy, fast and secure. Your donation will make a difference and help people and families affected by mental illness right here in our region. Thank you for your support!