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.
NAMI provides support, education, and advocacy to hundreds of thousands of families, individuals, educators, mental health service providers, and law enforcement professionals each year. NAMIWalks helps us continue to provide these programs at no cost to the community.
This year, I decided to create my own team, Wyatt's Walkers, for NAMIWalks in Mercer County, NJ. The team is named for my one-year old son, Wyatt.
The team is named after my son for many reasons. First and foremost, I walk because he is the main driving force behind why I decided to seek help when I started experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety. I knew that in order to be the best mom I can be for him, I would have to be the best me, first. That involved two weeks away from him when he was only a month old. And although it was definitely difficult, I knew I was doing what I had to in order to ensure he grew up with the nurturing, loving, and truly present mother he deserves.
I also hope that Wyatt will grow up in a world where mental illness is better understood. I walk for his future and to aid NAMI and others in stomping out the stigma surrounding mental illness. Although he may not himself be diagnosed with a mental illness when he is older, he will still come from a family where depression and anxiety have been present since very early in his life. I want him to know that it is nothing to be ashamed about and that help is always available if it is needed.
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.