BENNINGTON -- Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the month of May, NAMI Vermont is 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.

"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.

Get Involved:

* 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 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 day-long workshop for community members interested in learning more about mental illness and recovery covering information about mental illnesses, local mental health resources and problem solving. Call 800-639-6480 to register for the upcoming class in Bennington in June.

One in four Americans will experience a major mental illness. Visit www.namivt.org and www.nami.org to learn more about mental health conditions and NAMI Vermont’s resources for education, advocacy and support.

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.