Lisa Surhio

Team Captain Defenders Against Stigma NAMIWalks Southern Arizona

If you know me, you know that I am passionate about helping the mentally ill.  

In any given year, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. - 43.8 million people, or 18.5% of the adult population - experiences mental illness.  1 in 25 - 10 million people, or 4.2% of the adult population - experiences a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.  Unfortunately, far too many of these people of these people end up in jail or prison.  In 2006, 45% of federal prisoners, 56% of state prisons, and 64% of jail inmates were mentally ill.  I believe that we can reduce those numbers by providing quality mental health services to those in need.

As the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization, NAMI provides support, education, advocacy, and treatment for millions of Americans affected by mental illness - including those who suffer from mental illnesses, their friends, their families, and their communities. 

I walk because I believe treatment works better than incarceration.  I believe the mentally ill deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.  I believe they deserve access to quality mental health care.  I believe it makes everyone in our community safer.  I believe it is a better use of our resources than jails and prisons.  And I believe that NAMI’s work brings us one step closer to those goals.

Donating to my walk through this page is easy, fast, and secure.  If you prefer to donate by cash or check, please contact me to set that up.  Your donation directly supports the mission of NAMI, and it means a lot to me personally.  Thank you.


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