NAMI: Champions for Those Suffering from Mental Illness
The National Runaway Safeline is proud to announce this month’s organization of the month, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Youth reach out to us in crisis and hope that we are able to connect them with vital resources that will be able to help them through their situations. Some of the youth who reach out to us share that they have certain mental health and mental illness issues. While we try our best to ensure that we are providing the best support, we provide other resources that have more knowledge that best suits the youth’s needs. NAMI is an agency that focuses on finding resources for people who suffer from mental illnesses.
“In a country where one in five people are affected by a mental health condition, it’s time for all of us to step up and change the conversation.”-Actress and Mental Health Advocate, Mayim Balik, in her PSA for NAMI.
Here is a bit more of what they do according to their website:
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 affected by mental illness.
What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
Check out one of their new PSAs featuring Mayim Balik.
NAMI recently pushed for legislation in Congress that would improve how emergency services respond to cases of mental illness, provide funding for the study of inpatient and residential beds, as well as promote early intervention. House Resolution (H.R.) 2624, otherwise known as the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” introduced by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) was passed on June 15th in the House. This can help some of the country’s most vulnerable individuals: youth, who suffer silently due to the stigma of mental illness within some American families.
NRS is honored to name the National Alliance on Mental Illness as our Organization of the Month for the month of July. We appreciate the services they provide for youth in crisis.