Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the month of May, NAMI Vermont and the rest of the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. In 2013, President Obama proclaimed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month and brought the issue of mental health to the forefront of our nation's thoughts.
"Mental health issues are important to focus on year round. Mental Health Awareness Month provides a time for Vermonters to prioritize mental health, inform the public about the needs of the one in four Vermonters affected by mental illness. Most importantly we want to share the message that there is hope and recovery is possible," says Wendy Beinner, President and CEO of NAMI Vermont.
- Call 800-639-6480, NAMI Vermont's information referral line, to get connected with information about major mental illnesses and Vermont's resources.
- Bring Family Support, Peer Support, and Mental Health Education to your community. Call 800-639-6480 ext. 103 to register for upcoming trainings!
- Free Family Support Groups: NAMI Vermont offers support groups for families and friends of individuals living with mental illness. Groups first Mondays at 7 p.m. at the South Londonderry Library in South Londonderry.
- Free Peer Support Groups: NAMI Vermont Connection Recovery Support Group is an alliance of individuals who have the common experience of living with mental illness. It provides a forum to share experiences and learn about opportunities and challenges regardless of diagnosis. Groups meet every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at United Counseling Services, 316 Dewey St. CRT Center, Bennington.
- Free Mental Illness and Recovery Workshop: Mental Illness and Recovery is a free day-long workshop for all community members interested in learning more about Mental Illness and Recovery covering information about major mental illnesses, local mental health resources and problem solving. Call 800-639-6480 to learn more/register for the upcoming class in Bennington this June.
- NAMI Vermont's Annual Conference -- Pathways to Wellness will be held on May 20. Last year 200 peers, family members and providers joined us at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont for a sold out event. NAMI Vermont has worked hard to create a program that promises to be interesting and relevant to everyone in Vermont's Mental Health Community. Visit www.namivt.org/program to learn more about this year's conference and presenters. Call 800-639-6480 ext. 100 for more information.
- Comedy Divas for Mental Health! Join us at the gorgeous Vergennes Opera House on Saturday, June 7 for a night of hysterical comedy and healing laughter from the Vermont Divas to support free NAMI programs.
- www.namiwalks.org/vermont is taking registrations for Walkers and Wifi-Walkers! If you're interested in gathering a team (especially a company team) to show your support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the July 25 Team Captain Kick-off Luncheon.
NAMI Vermont is the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Through the dedicated efforts of grassroots leaders, NAMI focuses on three cornerstones of activity: Support, Education, and Advocacy.