Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Why this cause is important: One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. And in some cases, it takes lives. There is good news. Stigma is 100% curable. Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote. Your voice can spread the cure. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.
Please join us. Take the Stigma Free Pledge at: www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Take-the-stigmafree-Pledge/Stigmafree -Me/ StigmaFree-Pledge
Together we can #CureStigma
Laurie Huske, Board President, NAMI Kane County North
www.namikcn.org (Northern Kane County)
www.namikdk.org (Southern Kane, DeKalb and Kendall County)