Dear NAMI Member:    I have formed a NAMI Walks team- Heal the Brain - with a NAMI mom Jennifer Schickedanz.  She lost her son Jimi at age 21 to suicide this year.  She wants to help me bring the gift of NAMI to other families battling with mental illness.  NAMI gave her the strength and courage to be an advocate for her son. And when he took his own life recently, NAMI is giving her the strength and courage to fight stigma and despair by bringing awareness to other families impacted by mental illness.  Jennifer wants families to have the knowledge and resources from the NAMI Family to Family class.  She also wants families to feel and experience the support of NAMI Family Support Groups.  She wants her son's death to make a difference to others in their crisis with mental illnesses.   Jennifer feels that NAMI has been a priceless gift in her struggles.  Help Jennifer and me bring NAMI to other families and the community at large.  Jennifer and Sharon thank you for your support, compassion and commitment to help.      Sharon Dunas, LMFT - President Emeritus NAMI Westside LA 


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