Sami, Max, and Liv
NamiWalk 2018- Team Walking for Max and John
It is almost 5 years since our son, Max and brother John, passed away due to mental health issues. Some days I am amazed that it has been 5 years, and others it feels like it was yesterday. Weekly I am aware of more and more people, especially teens, and families who face this terrible disease, who need support, and don’t have anywhere to turn. Mental illness does not discriminate. People who face this disease need support and don’t where to turn or don't have the motivation or resources to make that happen. It takes a community and connections to bring about change.
When we were struggling to figure out how to help Max, we turned to NAMI. They helped guide us by providing resources and support groups. Checking in and sharing programs that we all could join.
NAMI's main goal is to bring awareness to our community and support those in need.
A recent keynote speaker at the NAMIWalk put it so well, "It isn't "Why", but "What are you going to do next?".
So what are you going to do next?
Well, let me make it really easy. Join the Heffernan's in walking to stomp out stigma and fundraise for NAMI who helps support teens and adults stay safe and recovering from mental health.
Max would say to us, "he is our alarm, our alarm that something isn’t right. And still today he is our alarm!”
Our alert to share his story with our community so people are aware about of the importance of supporting Mental Health initiatives and stomping out stigma! We are so very thankful for your love, strength, and support. We know that Max and John are smiling down us.
All funds raised directly support the mission of NAMI to provide support, education, and advocacy to individuals and families right here in our community.
Your support means a lot to me, our team, and the 43.8 million Americans who experience mental illness in a given year. Thank you in advance for your support.
NAMIWalk 2017: Team Walking for Max and John
NAMIWalk 2016: Team Walking for Max and John
NamiWalk 2015: Team Walking for Max