Mental health is serious to me and affects me directly through my family and as something I have dealt with through the years.
I come from community where mental illness was not discussed. Families who I knew were struggling were in denial and felt ashamed. We were taught “what goes on in this house, stays in this house.” When mental illness was affecting my family, I learned to keep things to myself and just go around like nothing happened. I did not talk to anyone and instead of getting help, I just buried my problems.
In the beginning of this year I came across an article in the newsletter at my church that talked about NAMI. After initial research, I knew I wanted to get involved. I signed up for the NAMI Walk, took a Family-to-Family Class, and started attending support groups. I loved being around others who were not embarrassed by mental illness.
My hope for the future is to become more involved as an advocate for mental illness. I will be stopping the stigma through sharing my story, letting others know there is a second chance, and that there is hope for tomorrow.
I hope you will join me by supporting NAMI Wake because they are wonderful resource that has helped me and my family get the help we needed.
NAMI Wake increased the number of In Our Own Voice presentations from 24 in 2018 to 52 within the first 8 months of 2019.