Every person is different. Every experience is different. When individuals and families share their stories, they help reduce stigma, offer hope that recovery is possible, and show people they are not alone.
Share your personal experience as an individual living in recovery or as a family member affected by mental illness.
By Nikki Dawson, Graduate Intern at NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania One of the biggest disconnects between civilians, and veterans and service members, is the myth that if we’ve been to war we have posttraumatic stress disorder. [...]
By Shawn Pfeuffer 1. Determining what stage of recovery you are in. Many of those living with a mental health condition are in different stages of recovery. There are simply so many levels of recovery [...]
By Cara Lyons Ever since I was young, I have always had a strange fascination with hospitals. While my parents hated hospitals because they reminded them of death and dying, I couldn't help but be [...]
Nine Thoughts on Schizophrenia By DJ Jackson 1. Violence. I’ve been a consumer in the mental health system since 1997 and I’ve encountered about 3 people (all men), that have what we call ‘The Violent [...]
By Jeffrey T. Fitzwilliam I experienced social anxiety when I was only five years old. I couldn’t speak to anyone, especially girls, all of my elementary school years. In 1958 there was NO awareness or understanding [...]
By Gayl Augello: My life has been anything but dull, this is for sure! My diagnosis came while I was in high school. It came after a mental break after trying to be too strong, [...]
By Lizzy: My first break with reality came when I was 25. It was the summertime, and I was a high-school teacher who had my summer off. I was severely depressed and would stay in [...]
By Libby Mascaro and Sam Kane: This brother and sister team created a beautiful video of their mom Mary Lou for the NAMIWalks. Their team, Mary Lou's Krew, is our top fundraising team of 2015. [...]