Talking about mental illness always seems like a taboo subject. I’m currently dealing with this in my family and it’s difficult for everyone but we are handling it as best as we can. It definitely keeps life interesting.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
For those who suffer from mental illness or know someone who has a mental health condition, please know that you are not alone. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a wonderful organization to find out more about mental illness and to get the support you need. I don’t know too many people but have already recommended this organization to family and friends.
Just like Mayim Bialik from The Big Bang Theory, I’m hoping that by talking about it, you or your loved one can get the help you need sooner than later. There are 1 in 5 Americans who live with a mental health condition. It’s not as uncommon as you may think.
If you are living in the United States, find your local NAMI in your state. I’ve attended the NAMI Basics class which helped me discuss the issues I was facing with other parents and caregivers who were in similar situations. I also was able to find a local support group through this class. NAMI has several educational classes that you can attend. Find the right class that fits your needs.
Even if you think that you don’t need help, just check NAMI out and give it a chance. It definitely helped change my outlook on mental illness.