Vermont's suicide rate is one of the highest in the nation (15.8 deaths per 100,000 in 2013), while we are rated one of the healthiest states in the nation. Hurricane Irene's flooding of the Vermont State Hospital plunged Vermont into a crisis-level shortage of psychiatric beds in the state, from which we haven't recovered. NAMI Vermont stands in the gap between people in need and a lack of services. NAMI offers free support groups, workshops and classes for individuals living with mental illness, helping Vermonter's access treatment, advocate for themselves and their loved ones, manage symptoms, and avoid crises. NAMI also offers free classes and workshops for the general public, including our new program "In Our Own Voice," a 90-minute presentation/discussion with peers in recovery, designed to de-mystify and de-stigmatize the face of mental illness in our communities.
Join our team to help support these community-based mental health programs to give people with mental illness the support they need, and help us decrease the suicide rate in our beautiful state. Keep mental health accessible, affordable, and part of communities caring for one another! Visit our website at www.namivt.org