NAMI Bucks County Stride for Mental Health Awareness 2019

Who We Are

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI is Bucks County’s voice on mental health.

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

What We Do

NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work:

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.

We advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states. At the local level, NAMI staff and board members serve on committees and taskforces to ensure that Bucks County’s voice on mental illness is heard and clearly understood.

We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many. Call the toll-free NAMI HelpLine 1-866-399-NAMI (6264) for information and referral. The NAMI HelpLine is staffed 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week message line. Our weekly support groups also provide a place to be heard by peers.

We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and the NAMI Bucks County Stride for Mental Health Awareness, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.

Introduction To Mental Illness

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone’s ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.

Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.

A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, linking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits and basic brain structure may play a role, too.

Mental Health Conditions

Recovery and Wellness

One in 4 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to a person’s directly experiencing a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected.

Half of mental health conditions begin by age 14, and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24. The normal personality and behavior changes of adolescence may mimic or mask symptoms of a mental health condition. Early engagement and support are crucial to improving outcomes and increasing the promise of recovery.

For NAMI, recovery is a foundational principle.  While serious mental illness impacts individuals in many challenging ways, the concept that all individuals can move towards wellness is paramount.  A strengths-based approach is a cornerstone for NAMI initiatives, activities, and efforts.  Many, many NAMI members living with mental illness have benefited from the various opportunities within the organization.  NAMI has become a vehicle for recovery, and a pathway towards wellness. Join our movement: STRIDE!

There is help. There is hope. Until there’s a cure, there’s NAMI!

When you walk in, fundraise for, and/or sponsor the NAMI Bucks County Stride for Mental Health Awareness, you are supporting our mission and the belief that cost should never be a barrier to recovery.

Visit us at namibuckspa.org

"If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another."
— Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama
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