There was a time not too long ago when our society talked about mental illness only in quiet, furtive whispers and there was no place to turn for support. While just talking about it even if in fear was an improvement over the days it was not talked about at all and people with mental illness were locked away in an attic or worse, today we are well beyond that. There are now many national and state organizations devoted to providing information as well as support to those with mental illness and their supporters.
When my husband suffered a traumatic brain injury in 1990, which triggered a bipolar disorder, support organizations were in their infancy and there were not many of them. Worse their existence was not widely known. Those were the days before the Internet was used as easily and frequently as our toothbrushes. Information was scarce about these organizations. It was a dark and discouraging time for my family without the necessary support, which is available today.
NAMI is one of the largest grassroots organizations targeting mental illness. They are dedicated to creating better lives for the millions of Americans with some kind of mental health issue. NAMI provides a foundation for the hundreds of NAMI state organizations who have the same mission. NAMI has also been a compelling force behind the national investment in critical research, parity for mental health care, increased housing and treatment as well as services to those who most need them.
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