Hi, friends. I'm walking to support NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) this year because I have a special interest in advocating for those among us who suffer. Mental illness runs in my family the way cancer runs in some others--and as a result, I have lost many people I love, including my son Noah, my niece Esther, and my father, James. I'm particularly interested in raising awareness around the dangerous convergence of three risk factors: untreated mental illness, substance abuse, and access to guns. I believe we need to work harder to remove the stigma around mental illness so more people will seek (and remain in) treatment without shame. At the same time, I also believe we must become wiser in how we think about the higher risk for violence in the rare cases when it's present, and find ways to intervene before tragedy strikes. In my personal experience, the idea that someone must be an "imminent" threat before we intervene has led to heartbreak. I've learned that too often, "Imminent" means too late. Going forward, I want to do what I can to begin to use what I've learned to help make a difference. This NAMI walk is a small, but meaningful step for me. Thank you so much for your support!
The official stuff about the NAMI walk:
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.
Did you know that :
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.
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.