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June 25, 2012

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June 25, 2012

I was a professional, a grad student and a PSYCHOTIC. I still am a psychotic- meaning suffering from psychosis, suffering from massive depressions in which I yearn to end my life, suffering from isolation. Suffering in pain. Forever I fought this illness, determined not to let it take my life and everything I have worked so hard for. I lost. I am disabled. After repeated hospitalizations during grad school I was dismissed. After crying at work and even hallucinating I was fired. How could I explain Skitzophrenia to the Dean without being judged. How would he let me continue on? How could I show documentation from a mental hospital to my job and not be fired? Does the word psychotic scare you? Exactly my point. When I was diagnosed with Skitzophrenia and then Bipolar Disorder the NAMI corporate office sent me a huge envelope of information and materials to learn about my condition. Nami promoted the NIMH where a team of Doctors doing research helped me immensley. NAMI has reccomended books and movies for me to read to help with coping and hope such as The Quiet Room and A brilliant mind. NAMI offers support groups and classes. Many members of NAMI fight for legislation changes advocating for us. For everyone out there who is mentally ill NAMI helps us fight back. One day with adequate health care perhaps mental illness will not be such a disabling sickness. One day discrimination and stigmatism may not exist. NAMI is working towards that day, everyday, all over the US.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 23, 2012

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June 23, 2012

I moved down to Florida in 1996 and needed a connection to help keep my strength with fighting the stigma against my diagnoses of "schizophrenia". I was welcomed into my local NAMI affiliate. I used my passion and energy to be involved in the organization with my mission set to "give back". I founded our "Consumer Council" (which is now deemed the"Peer Council"), I sit on the Board, various committees, mentor Peer-to-Peer classes and never say, "No" to helping someone out in need. The latter, is what NAMI has taught me, what the organization is really all about...

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more peer involvement.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

They found me.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

A purpose, a focus, an organization to believe in and rally while having people in my life that I know I can utilize as supports when needed for "whatever"...in a heart beat.

June 21, 2012

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June 21, 2012

NAMI saved my son and led me into an understanding of his illness. My first experience with NAMi was at the direction of my son's mental health doctor. WHen I checked out thw web site I was directed to a contact person in my area who turned out to be an angel. I became involved with Nami first as a Mother, attending support meetings, now I am a Family to Family teacher, & a certified Guaridian Advocate. Withthe guidence of NAMI & support I have been able to help my son and get him the services he needed as well as keep him out of the hospital and on the road to recovery. I am also a NAMI Board Member for the local NAMI Chapter. This is a much needed support serivce and teaching provider for our state and done at the community level.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization has helped me help bring my son back from being a homeless person to being able to live independently and recover his life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make it possible to continue this organization and to insure that the community supports it as well.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

I was referred by my son's doctor and to the web site.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

THis group has given me the support and knowledge to help me help my son from geeting him the help he needed, and support for me to make the right choices for my son. To help me understand his illness, and to train m me to beable to help others.

June 21, 2012

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June 21, 2012

I was suffering from severe depression and looking for support. I attended my first meeting just prior to getting ECT treatments and looking for answers and shoulders. no one was mean, but no one really offered any support either. I felt like an out sider and alone. I didnt go back.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Somewhat badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 21, 2012

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June 21, 2012

My son had a first episode Psycosis and the Nami Family to Family classes helped my husband and I to come to terms with the illness and help our son recover. The classes were incredible, informative,thought provoking, and empathetic. What more could you ask for, and they were even FREE! A commitment of time was required, but what better way to understand and work on the issues.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 21, 2012

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June 21, 2012

NAMI has been an unbelievable help to me as a care giver for a mentally ill person. I found comfort, expertise, information and fellowship in attending the support meetings and the Family-to-Family 12 week class. NAMI is there for the families and the disabled. The mental health profession and professionals are very impersonal and bound by way too many laws to be really helpful to people in crisis. Sharing a personal trauma, such as mental illness, with others who can understand and relate is extremely valuable. It is vital to be able to speak out on the day to day turmoil that this illness causes to the disabled one as well as those that surround them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

dealing with my loved one who is struggling with mental health issues

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure there was a NAMI representative available at all Inpatient Facilties

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

Handout at hospital

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

to recognize the intense struggle of mental illness, as well as develop some coping skills

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