NAMI Awareness

NAMI Awareness

People may ask well what exactly is mental illness? The definition online is Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

It is more common then some believe. I work at a Crisis Rehabilitation treatment center. Before working here I was still aware of mental illness. My family history has Bipolar, Addictive personality, Depression, and Anxiety, so growing up in a family with many mental illnesses you have a better understanding to the struggle these people go through. We all have at some point in our life had a tragedy happen and some of us know how to cope with it and live life while others don’t have the same coping skills and develop PTSD, very common for war veterans but also in people like you and me.

I’m just writing here to inform those that Mental Illness is around today and isn’t going anywhere tomorrow. It’s not always your born into a “Crazy Family” yes! That may be true, but you can have a chemical imbalance that causes these abnormal behaviors or thoughts. One cannot control it with some meds and a therapy session. You must work a program and have a support system, and some people don’t always have family and friends to help them.

That’s where you can come in.  Come support NAMI at the Ventura County WALK or you can donate there as well.

National Alliance on Mental Illness WALK:

  • Saturday May 2nd 9am-1pm Come and Support Mental Illness!
  • Where:Ventura Beach Promenade

Thank you for reading. I will end with my favorite quote from Rita Mae Brown;

“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of MENTAL ILLNESS, Think of your three best friends . If they are okay then it is YOU!”

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