What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, they are an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support their important work:
They educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, their education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.
They advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.
They listen. Their toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows them to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many. To call NAMI’s Western Nevada WARMLINE, dial 775-241-4212.
They lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.
To learn more about NAMI of Southern Nevada, visit namisouthernnevada.org.
In this episode, Wendy chats with Trinh Dang, Executive Director of NAMI Southern Nevada, and Dr. Sheldon Jacobs, Vice President of NAMI Southern Nevada and Youth & Adult Intervention Specialist at the Department of Child and Family Services. Topics discussed include support groups and classes offered by NAMI, programs and presentations available, and how NAMI is adjusting for Covid-19. Also discussed is NAMI’s Annual State Conference that will take place here in Las Vegas.
Air Date: May 17, 2020