This is my 7th year of walking in the NAMI Walk and I walk in memory of my son, Andrew, who at the tender age of 11, was diagnosed with severe depression and OCD. Andrew worked hard for many years to try to manage his illness but sadly, often used drugs and alcohol to self medicate when he was not in control of his sickness. He was ready to go back into inpatient treatment where he would learn to manage his OCD and address is chemical abuse issues. Two weeks before we were called to let us know a bed was available, he died from a drug overdose.
No one in this country should die because there is not a bed or facility available for treatment. This would not happen in any other area of medicine. Mental illness is exactly that....an illness. It should be treated as such and care covered by insurance and beds available. This is why I walk. Please consider joining Team Big Red, Andrew's nickname, or donating to our team.
Donating to me through this page is easy, fast and secure. Your donation will make a difference in the lives of the 43.8 million adults who experience mental illness in a given year.