Here is a sample of comments shared by community members about their mental health experiences and how NAMI has helped them. By opening up about our experiences, we can help to end stigma and inspire others to get the help they need for themselves and their loved ones.
“My mental health challenges and recovery taught me that I am not alone.”
“I found my best life because of NAMI.”
“My life improved when I understood that self-care is not selfish.”
“I took a NAMI class and ended up with friendships that continue to support me.”
“I think because people don’t understand mental illness, they don’t necessarily sympathize with those who live with it.”
“NAMI has become an important part of my life and I hope to continue spreading awareness through this amazing community.”
“I couldn’t believe there was someone else who knew almost exactly what I was going through.”
“I have suffered from depression. I’m still recovering, but I’m a lot better now.”
“Stigma comes from relatives, friends, strangers, the general population, church, acquaintances, etc.”
“The one thing that helps me is knowing that I’m not alone, that we’re all in this together.”
“Self-love is essential.”
“My family and community have limited knowledge. There’s still a stigma.”
“Since I grew up in a Hispanic household, I can speak from my heart about the cultural boogie man, the privacy issues and the non-involvement path that most (not all) Hispanic families take when faced with a mental health family crisis.”
“I want to help people realize that it really can get better.”
Have your own comments or story to share? We’d love to hear from you!