NAMI Walk Correspondence Received

Jim Jones speaks at NAMI Walk

I received the following correspondence on September 16, 2008 from Dr. Robert B. McFadden, the President of NAMI Louisville: 


Dear Jim,

I am writing to thank you for your inspiring speech at NAMI Louisville’s

Walk for the Mind of America at the Waterfront Park on September 13,

2008. While it must have been hard for you to recount the struggle you

have had with your illness, your story carried a most positive message

to your audience of family members and consumers. That message is that

treatment works when it is delivered to the patient and your living

presence provided a living, fighting example of success.

Too long have people who suffer from brain disorders had to face the

stigma of mental illness. Too long have sufferers, consumers and family

members alike, had to endure the neglect and denial of the treatment

that is their due. As you pointed out, treatment saves money for the

state. Two thousand dollars spent on medication and therapy for a month

can keep a patient out of hospital and in many cases in the workforce.

Lack of that medication or therapy can cost $25,000 for a month in

hospital, or it can cost a life through suicide.

Thank you for your courageous and eloquent presentation. I look forward

to your encore at our main event for Mental Illness Awareness Week with

Judge Gibson and to your participation when we and the Brandeis School

of Law welcome Professor Elyn Saks to Louisville at the end of October.

Yours truly,



Robert B. McFadden, M.A., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, UofL

President, NAMI Louisville

10510 LaGrange Rd, Bldg 103

Louisville KY 40223-1228

Tel: 502-339-8545 (H) 502-245-5287 (O)

Fax: 502-245-6390

This is a very nice letter.

This is a very nice letter. The picture of you at right is fantastic!