NAMI meets third Thursday of month

ESCANABA — During the month of May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the rest of the country are bringing awareness to mental illness.

The National Institute on Mental Health estimates that one out of five families in the U.S. will have a loved one with a mental illness. NAMI supports families and educates the community regarding mental illness. This is a brain disorder which is biologically based, and it’s no one’s “fault.” The more people learn about mental illness, the more we are able to help ourselves, our loved ones, and the rest of the community with understanding the effects of mental illness.

NAMI was founded in 1979 and has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. NAMI’s website receives over 5.4 million visitors a year and serves over 4,000 callers per month on their help line (1-800-950-6264).

The group hosts awareness and fighting the stigma events and gatherings each year, including NAMIWalks, StigmaBusters, and In Our Own Voice. NAMI also works on the federal and state level for advocacy towards research, ending discrimination, and promote effective mental health services and supports.

The Delta-Schoolcraft Chapter of NAMI meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Bay College in the Joseph Heirman Building, Room 961 in Escanaba.

For more information, call Pat (Delta County) at 789-9464 or Marilyn (Schoolcraft County) (906) 286-1195 or visit online at www.nami.org.

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