This November, I will be running the NYC Marathon as part of a team raising money for the National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI. NAMI has been a fantastic resource for my family. In 2010, my brother Christopher was placed in the mental health system as a result of complications with a brain surgery he hoped would greatly reduce his seizures due to epilepsy. The resulting brain injury has affected all of our lives in ways we could not have imagined. He is currently in his third facility, one that is finally more adequately equipped to address his needs. But the road to get him there has been long.
As my family and I have tried to help my brother navigate the healthcare system to get the care he needs, NAMI has been there to answer our questions, listen to our frustrations, and help advise on productive steps forward in an extremely complicated system. They are also a terrific community that I have come to love. I've been volunteering in their NYC office for the past two years and have met some amazing people there. I've seen them in action, and I truly believe that this organization saves lives.
My goal is to raise $3,500 and I would be so grateful for your support.
You can also learn more about NAMI in their story below and the NYC chapter on their website here:
This will be my first marathon! Be sure to check my instagram account for updates on my progress this summer, stories about NAMI, and some potentially very sweaty selfies @jackbradymoran.
Thank you so much!
NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL OF NEW YORK CITY INC wrote:
Your donations help NAMI-NYC Metro provide support, education, and advocacy to over 16,000 New Yorkers yearly, all free-of-charge to the user.
Support and Education NAMI’s guiding principle is “families helping families.” And so we have free classes throughout the year: Family-to-Family, Homefront, Peer-to-Peer and NAMI Basics courses. We also offer almost 30 ongoing support groups for people living with mental illness and for their family members. Groups are facilitated by trained peer volunteers.
We work closely with NAMI National and NAMI-New York State to advocate for:
- improved services for people with mental illness and their families;
- health insurance parity;
- the allocation of more resources for research into neurobiological disorders;
- and comprehensive, accessible treatment options.
Our staff and volunteers:
- provide professional testimony;
- sit on task forces, boards and commissions;
- and collaborate with other advocacy organizations.
For more information on our programs, please contact our Helpline: 212.684.3264 or email@example.com