This year there are two incredible bills before the California State Legislature that have the ability to make comprehensive care and treatment more readily available to people suffering from serious mental illnesses, specifically schizophrenia spectrum and those afflicted with substance abuse disorders. I wrote a letter of support while waiting in the E.R. with my father, to advocate for him and ensure that he recevied care. Whether or not the bills pass, everything I wrote about is true and if you've ever wondered, "Why NAMI?" or why do I do what do, here's a chance to learn more.
We need help
What we can do
While we ourselves cannot vote on these bills, and their time on the docket will come to end, there are still other ways that we can help. We can write letters of support for other opportunities. We can learn about resources in our local community. We can donate to and fundraise for the kind of organizations that work tirelessly for individuals with mental illesses and their families like NAMI so that they can continue to provide those services for free. We can support each other by talking about our experiences and listening. We can help each other feel seen by normalizing these conversations. We can share this message. We can walk together on May 21st in solidarity. Together, we can do something.