Naked Lime Supports NAMI During Mental Health Month
May is Mental Health Month, so it only seems appropriate that our Casual for a Cause beneficiary for the month should be NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to supporting millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The association is made up of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and community volunteers who work to raise awareness and provide support and education to people in need.
What they do (lifted shamelessly from their website, because who could say it better?):
We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across America through our 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 the national public policy landscape for people with mental illness and their families and provides grassroots volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.
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.
We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), NAMIWalks and other efforts, successfully combat stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.
While NAMI's operations are funded by a various sources, including corporate sponsorships, foundations, dues, grants, events and other partnerships, the majority comes from individual donors and contributors. Donations can help with early intervention, better care, effective treatment and improved outcomes for people struggling with mental health issues. If you can't donate, you can always help raise awareness.
1 in 5 people live with a mental health condition. Every bit of support can make a difference.