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 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. [...]
By Cloe: I was diagnosed with major depression at age 12, and then diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 14. I was prescribed a lot of medication, and high school wasn't easy for me. My [...]
By Ryann Tanap What is it about failure that makes life complicated? Is it the fear of failing? Is it letting others down? Is it feeling like you’re wasting time or talent? Is it feeling [...]
By Lane Lohman: My brother Douglas James Lohman, born July 31, 1989, passed away unexpectedly this past October after fighting a grueling battle with mental illness. By sharing his unique and difficult journey, my family [...]
By Laura Donaldson: My mother’s mental illness has shaped the narrative of my life. By the time I was 10 years old, I knew my mother was different from other mothers. My basic needs were [...]
By Jim: We adopted our son from the Children’s Home when he was just three months old – a beautiful, healthy baby boy. I had so many dreams for his future. Kyle made it through [...]