Mission: NAMI Brazos Valley works to promote mental health and awareness for
• families and individuals affected by mental health disorders
• combating the stigma of mental illness they often encounter
• offering free educational classes, workshops and support services for those living with and their families
• volunteer opportunities for peers to develop work skills and resume references
Results: Since 1988 NAMI-Brazos Valley has been a primarily volunteer run organization. In 2014 NAMIBV acquired 2 part time staff persons to assist in the management and marketing of our key programs. Our Free NAMI Signature programs have reached over 1300 people in crisis and in need of an ear to listen, a hand to assist and a place to feel safe.
We have also trained 13 instructors to provide the Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum to a wide range of people. In 2014 we will have trained over 600 educators in the Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum to assist their awareness and capacity to help a student receive appropriate support. We have trained law enforcement officers, judges and post high school educators in the Adult Mental Health First Aid curriculum.
Target demographics: families and persons affected by mental illness
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1381 people affected by metnal illness in some capacity.
Geographic areas served: the Brazos Valley region
Programs: free separate support groups for persons with mental illness and for their families.friends, partners. spouses, or their children above age 15. We also offer free educational series for persons with mental illness (NAMI Peer to Peer), families with adult loved ones with mental illness (NAMI Family to Family) and for parents of young children with mental illness ( NAMI Basics).
Lost in the confusion of emotional pain and personal frustration something had to change! Since I am aware that the only person I can change is me, I knew that my husband and I would need others who understand loving someone with mental illness to learn what changes we could make in and for ourselves.
We found compassionate, knowledgeable and surviving people who were willing to share anything that they had learned or experienced. All the while reminding us this would be our own journey, but they were co-travelers for the portions of the journey they could. Freedom to grieve, to be angry and be hopeful was a great gift.
Learning that the nater and current focus is grassroots support and education provided by volunteers who have lived experience who want to ease the burden of another won my heart. I give back because so much was given to me in my time of need then and now. I give my time and my money to assist others through their journey.