NAMI Blog

It Begins, Life Without My Son

By Peggy Crandell | Sep. 05, 2018

"I think of my son every minute of every day. I write to honor him. I also write so perhaps those in the same situation as me know they are not alone, and there is a voice for them."

Peer Support Saved My Life

By Felishia McPherson | Aug. 30, 2018

We all have or will struggle at some point in life, and we all can find strength in the support of others with lived experience.

My Journey From Isolation to Connection

By Fletcher Mann | Aug. 29, 2018

Living with mental illness can be incredibly lonely and isolating. For Fletcher, peer support and connection was what made him feel better during his darkest days. 

Why I Handwrite Letters to Strangers

By Diana Chao | Aug. 27, 2018

"In a letter to a stranger, we forget the burden of judgment and fears. In the letters we read, we are no longer alone. Someone, somewhere, thinks of us too. In our growing empathy for others, we learn kindness, too, for ourselves."

My Pastor is My Hero

By Rachel Marion | Aug. 22, 2018

"I know I can be a lot to handle, especially when my moods are out of control. I’ve had people tell me that they just couldn’t handle it anymore. Yet, there’s one person who has stuck by me through the good, bad and ugly: my pastor, Robby."

Helping Others to Feel Heard Matters

By Quinn Anderson | Aug. 20, 2018

"As a NAMI HelpLine volunteer, at the very least I need to listen and be kind; to let callers know I’m not going anywhere, and I’m going to do my very best to figure things out with them."

The Keys to Peer Support

By Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW | Aug. 16, 2018

Peer support is an affordable, accesible option to help people in their recovery. Here are the keys of how to improve your mental health and emotional growth through peer support.

The NAMI Man of New Orleans

By Jessie Smith | Aug. 15, 2018

"Working in peer support helped me feel empowered. Not only could sharing my lived experience be a career, but I could also genuinely help people."

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