Stand Up and Be Heard
Mental Illness affects one if every five people. You probably know many people who are living with a mental health condition right now. And yet for many it is a silent struggle. And the less mental health is understood, the more stigma takes root. 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 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. [...]
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 [...]