July is a special month for NAMI and our partners to honor our shared goals of celebrating strengths of diverse communities, increasing awareness of mental illness experiences and the realities of recovery, importance of support and access to treatment.
We thank all of you who join us in ways both big and small to help spread the word about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and congratulate you on the impact of your efforts.
In 2012 we have focused much of our effort in social media and have seen some great multimedia response from around the country. The main message:
It does not matter how you get involved. What matters is sharing a message of hope and support with all those who need it.
Click here for the full article and learn about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2012 represented on the web, in blogs, on Facebook and Twitter.
“Mental illness is common in every community. Recovery, too, can spring forth everywhere when we extend our care and compassion without judgment to all who are in need.”
Please join us in congratulating Gareth Fenley, president emeritus of NAMI Augusta, in receiving NAMI’s 2012 Multicultural Outreach Award. The award was presented last month in Seattle in during NAMI’s 2012 National Convention by then-NAMI President, Kevin Sullivan.
Click here to read more about Gareth and read highlight remarks of the award presentation.
“Hay Un App Para Eso/There’s an App for That”
The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health has partnered with M3 to release a Spanish language version of WhatsMyM3, a quick and anonymous tool that screens for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. The release coincides with the partnership’s recognition and support of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Click here to read more.
Keris Jän Myrick,
Miss President: NAMI Welcomes Keris Myrick
Join us in welcoming Keris Jän Myrick to her role as newly elected president on the NAMI Board of Directors.
Among many appearances sharing her experience and perspective, Keris provides her favorite spiral analogy of mental health recovery for NAMI: “Sometimes I may be moving a little bit slower or it may even appear that I’ve stopped but I haven’t gone backwards—I’m still moving forward.”
New STAR Center Director
NAMI is pleased to announce that Clarissa Netter has joined the STAR Center as director. Ms. Netter served most recently as director of the Office of Consumer Affairs with the Mental Hygiene Administration in Maryland. She began her career in the mental health field as a peer counselor in Baltimore and has built a reputation for meeting the needs of under-served populations and supporting self-help adaptation. Ms. Netter is the 2012 Iris Award recipient from NAMI Maryland and was the 2011 Maryland Transformation Grant Statewide Legacy Award recipient. Please join us in welcoming Clarissa to her new role!
“The battle isn’t over…getting his mental health back is the first step and the only way to face it. He knows that,” says a close friend.
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