As you may or may not know, I hate to run. Love to workout, but hate to run. Always have. So why, you may ask, would I subject myself to running 13.1 miles the day after St. Patrick's Day? The first time I ran a half-marathon, it was in honor of my late grandmother, who had Alzheimer's. To paraphrase the cinema classic, Jaws: The Revenge: "This time...it's personal..." again.
I have anxiety/depression. It's still difficult to say this to people who are not in my very close circle - not that I often lead conversations with this tidbit. For that reason this will come as a suprise to many of you reading this...Suprise!!! The point of the matter is that mental illness should not be some deep, dark secret - I'm just as strong, try me! In my case, I am lucky that it's mild, but there are still stigmas attached. Whenever I don't feel well, I have to remind myself "Hey self, would you beat yourself up if this were just a cold?". The answer is No.
The other side of this illness are the friends and family who have to helplessly watch, support, and provide for those who need it; it affects them too. I'm very lucky to have a strong support system in my family and friends. That is why I'm running for the National Alliance For Mental Illness. The NAMI's emphasis on education and advocacy for those with mental illness, as well as their support systems, is a cause I believe can have a broad reaching impact.
You most likely know someone with a mental illness , whether you realize it or not, so please consider donating. Also, it's always funny to watch me try to run. Prop bets to follow, suggestions are welcomed.
Love and thanks,
NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS 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.
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;
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Our staff and volunteers:
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