I am walking with NAMI because the work they do is very important to me as- 1) a recovering person with lived experience who was once disabled by my symptoms; 2) a family member; 3) a peer supporter; 4) a person working in the behavioral health field at Peninsula; and 5) an advocate.
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. Before I came to work for Peninsula I worked for NAMI Tennessee as the East Tennessee Regional Advocate and coordinated their first six NAMIWalk events in 2004 and 2005.
I attribute a big part of my recovery to the support of my NAMI mommies (especially former Executive Director Joyce V. Judge) and daddies, all of whom have encouraged me and given me many opportunities to grow as a person and as an advocate. I have served on the NAMI Knoxville board of directors several times, including as affiliate president, and then on the NAMI Tennessee board of directors. My mother took NAMI's family education course which helped her find the information and support she needed for herself and to better help me. My husband and I made many friends through our affiliation with NAMI. I have been blessed to see hundreds of other lives positively changed as a result of the grassroots efforts of NAMI. So you can see why I walk and raise funds to support NAMI in return. People in my community and across the state need NAMI!
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 COSTt 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.