Mental Illness - You Are Not Alone
You. Are. NOT. Alone!
No one should walk this journey alone and, now that you’ve found NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley, you don’t have to. If you live* in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas (eastern Iowa and western Illinois), you are always welcome to join the others here wanting to learn and hear similar, relatable stories from people like them. Maybe even to share their own stories if it’s comfortable.
Being relatable and having common ground helps, as does knowledge. NAMI is an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit with the goal of helping you and your loved ones understand what it is you are going through and which recovery tools are available. Remember, just like other illnesses, mental illness is treatable and recovery is possible!
Mental Illness Awareness
There are more than 40 million people in the United States living with mental illness. With the pandemic comes even more uncertainty and it’s more important now than ever to come together in this mental health movement. The isolation, the social and physical distancing and the many unknowns can greatly contribute to mental illness.
National NAMI’s You Are Not Alone campaign is not only an attempt to bring people together, but also to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. It’s also designed to inspire and educate. If you are so inclined, share your story here to help make talking about mental illness okay.
Last May, during mental health awareness month, the national NAMI organization’s CEO, Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., made the following statement:
“Especially during this time of isolation, uncertainty and tragedy, it is vital that no one feels alone in their mental health journey. The COVID-19 crisis not only shines a spotlight on our need for social connectedness, but also our need for real mental health resources. This Mental Health Month, NAMI is raising awareness to change our fragmented mental health system into one that serves everyone, so people can get the care they need.”
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NAMI Community is Here to Help
Here, those affected by mental illness are in alliance. We like to think of it as an alliance on mental illness, hence our name. We invite you to think of it however you wish and consider joining your allies. We provide an ultra-safe and confidential space for all who need it. We accomplish this with support groups and educational programs. Our instructors have experienced firsthand what mental health conditions are like either personally or via family members.
We are the local Quad Cities affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a grassroots organization dedicated to educating everyone – from young people to mature adults – that mental health conditions are treatable and recovery is possible. Early detection, treatment and recovery aren’t just for cancer patients. They are for us, too.
a relationship based on an affinity in interests, nature, or qualities. the state of being joined or associated.
* Again, we cannot provide a diagnosis of a mental health illness, but we can point you in the right direction (resources such as telehealth, counseling, etc.). Always remember that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.