NAMI Louisville Walk
Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, yet those who suffer from it are the most stigmatized group in the nation. 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 the Kentucky capital city 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 Brandeis School of Law at noon on October 27. You can support NAMI Louisville, for which I am the consumer Board member, 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’s A Successful Consumer team. If you do not want to walk but want to contribute towards NAMI Louisville's good work, gifts may be made at http://xrl.us/jimwalks.