Mental illnesses may not be as visible as physical maladies, but they can pose just as great a health risk, if not more. That’s what the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) aims to tackle, working to provide more understanding, resources, and support for those affected by mental illness.
Because mental illness is a broad spectrum and a complex topic, NAMI provides an equally wide range of support and solutions. They offer education for individuals, families, caregivers, educators, and providers to better understand mental health, as well as support groups and a helpline for individuals and caregivers dealing with a variety of mental health concerns. NAMI also focuses on the public side of mental health, advocating for better public policy and improved resources and holding major events for increased awareness. The organization is committed to DEI as well, with the understanding that mental health resources, reactions, and treatments can be affected by factors such as race, gender, and economic status.
The hope is that no one dealing with mental health concerns ] feels alone or unsupported and that we, as a society, can do better to provide the necessary resources for each and every one of us to live healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives.
“I support the National Alliance on Mental Illness because I think it is so important to always be aware of other people and what they may be enduring in their lives. Now, more than ever, with the environment we live in, it is important to take care of your mental health and provide support to anyone who is in need,” said Melissa Alvarado, Executive Search Consultant at Blue Rock Search. “Spreading awareness and effort is the start of decreasing mental illness stigma.”
For the greater Los Angeles area, NAMI is represented by NAMI Urban Los Angeles (NULA). Like its parent organization, NULA educates the public about brain disorders and mental health, advocates for the necessary care (health insurance, housing, jobs, etc.) and research, and works to eradicate the stigma around mental health. Its goal is to be a “beacon of hope” for its community.
“I am a mental health advocate and am really passionate about increasing access and quality to mental health services for African American communities,” said Ada Mbogu, Executive Search Consultant at Blue Rock Search. “After battling and overcoming my grief and depression, I see the value of going to therapy to improve your mental health and believe that everyone deserves to learn the tools to promote healing and wellness.”
Blue Rock is proud to highlight and support the incredible work of the National Alliance on Mental Illness!
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