Battling Mental Illness
Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, yet those who suffer from it are the most stigmatized group in the nation. Read a law student's personal account of her brother's battle.
NAMI—the National Alliance on Mental Illness—works in a number of ways to help those with mental illness. In particular, NAMI Louisville advocates for those with mental illness in Frankfort, provides support groups for both mental health consumers and their families, trains Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers to deal with consumers in crisis through its Crisis Intervention Team, and puts on important programs. This year, NAMI Louisville is bringing Professor Elyn R. Saks of the University of Southern California Law School, author of the acclaimed memoir The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, which relates her incredibly successful career despite having schizophrenia, to speak at the Law School at noon on October 27. You can support NAMI Louisville by taking part in the annual NAMI Walk on September 13, with registration starting at 9 AM and the Walk at 11 AM at the Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park. The more walkers the better, and Walk participants can also raise money to support NAMI Louisville’s important work by having friends and family pledge to support their Walk efforts. To register for the Walk, go to http://xrl.us/jimsteam and sign up for the Jim Jones’ A Successful Consumer team.