Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues and Community Members:
Serious mental illness is common in our communities – it impacts the lives of one in four adults and one in 10 children in the United States. Mental illness does not discriminate against race, age, religion or economic status, is not a crime, is not a death sentence, IS very treatable (not curable), and if not treated, impacts the quality of life for the individual, the family, the community and society. Tragically, the biggest barrier to treatment is stigma. We must break the walls of stigma built around mental illness.
NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (nami.org) and is the largest national grassroots support, education and advocacy organization made up of dedicated volunteers and their families with loved ones living with mental illness. NAMI Signature Programs are provided at no cost to loved ones, families and interested community members; classes and support groups are lead by NAMI trained teachers and facilitators.
Our team will be walking to honor all those who struggle valiantly to live a worthwhile life in the face of many challenges, and to let families know that they are not alone.
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has supported my NAMIWalk teams over the years! I hope you will be able to support Walk the Walk with Shelley this year, too!
Our team goal is raise $1,000. Any donation amount you feel comfortable with will make a difference to improve the quality of life for loved ones and families impacted by mental illness. All donations are tax-deductible. NAMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax I.D. 95-4049720. NAMIWalks is our main fundraiser to support our NAMI Signature programs.
Walk with us by donating/sponsoring and/or joining our walk team. Please visit our NAMIWalks team page NAMIWalks Gateways Hospital to join us (you many need to copy and paste the link into your web browser).
To make a secure online donation using your credit card, click on http://namiwalks.nami.org/GatewaysHospital.
Thank you very much for your support and help to raise awareness, break stigma and give hope to our loved ones working hard to recover from a mental illness.