Yolonda K. Clay, M.S. Outreach Coordinator
Phill Gunning, Executive Director
Kelly Gunning, M.A. Creative & Operations Director
Jennifer Dishman, MAC Co-Chairperson, Board Member
Jackie Frazier, MAC Co-Chairperson, Board Member
Lisa Miller, MAC DIVA, Board Member
Vickie Miller, MAC DIVA, NAMI Richmond/Madison, Vice President
Ralph Clay, MAC DADI
Destin Strauss, MAC DIVA, Teen Advisory Board Member
Cynthia Readus, MAC DIVA
Gregory Readus, MAC DADI
Tedde Smith-Rubbilard, MAC DIVA
Oyo Fummilayo, MAC DIVA
Cheryl Bogarty, MAC DIVA
It is for these reasons that NAMI has developed Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health. The presentation goals are to decrease mental health stigma in this community, increase awareness of mental health recovery, and to introduce NAMI education and support programs.
- To reach out in culturally competent ways throughout our community; educating interested community members about mental illnesses, recovery and hope.
- Advocate for more services to be provided in culturally appropriate venues as determined and desired by the community.
- Work to enhance relationships with providers of mental health services including: overcoming barriers so that we can honor language, spirituality and cultural practices.
- Work with the community to increase the understanding that mental illnesses are like any other illness.
Did You Know...
African Americans tend to rely on family, religious and social communites for emotional support, rather than turning to healthcare professionals.
Mental health problems among minorities are especially likely to occur jointly with substance abuse.
Latinos are twice as likely to seek treatment for mental disorders in settings, such as general healthcare or their church, than in mental health settings.
ADS Center - www.samhsa.gov/stigma - Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma
NAMI Multicultural Action Center www.nami.org
STAR Center - www.consumerstar.org - Support Technical Assistance Resource Center
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