In 2014 I spent 30 days in a county jail. I had never been in trouble before, and here I was a mom of 4 teenage boys a wife of 17 years in jail because of a manic episode due to my bipolar disorder. That following year I started volunteering with the organization NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in my community. NAMI Livingston/McLean Counties in central IL.
When I was in jail I was unable to receive the care I needed. Something as simple as getting the medications that I had been on for many years became a struggle and could have set me back years in my recovery process. I promised myself that I was going to make a difference once I was out and well again.
I focus my efforts and my giving to NAMI Livingston/McLean Counties because they rely on only local donations to keep the important programs that help our community learn about mental health going. They have programs that are free to the public that teach families of adults, kids and teenagers about mental illness. They have community support groups. All free of charge.
I know that mental health is going to be a continuing problem in every area across the country and since mental illness is not going away anytime soon I feel the best way to fight the stigma is to educate the community and teach others about the different illness that there are. Please help me continue to do so in my community.
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