Learning About NAMI & Mental Illness in Teens

Adriana Tells Her Story

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            Gigi-Adriana's Therapy Dog      Adriana & Betsy O'Brian         Judy Rauppius                                                                                  present to HS classes             presents at HOSA meeting  


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A day with NAMI ...

Bryan Valek

Judy Rauppius, NAMI Piedmont Tri-County, Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator, Betsy O'Brian, NAMI South Carolina, Director of Education Programs along with Amelia and her service dog GiGi came to NaFo on 2-21-17. HOSA members as well as Mrs. Jackson's & Mrs. Kuhl's classes learned about "Ending the Silence" and the "Stigma Free" programs offered by NAMI.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is a non-profit organization dedicated to education, emotional support, financial support & legislation of mental illness. One of the programs sponsored by NAMI that we learned about was "Ending the Silence". This program focuses on teens understanding Mental Illness. 

The other program is becoming "Stigma Free". This program focuses on changing the stigma on what it is to have a mental illness. There are 3 steps to becoming 'Stigma Free". Educate Yourself, See the Person - not the Illness, and Take action on Mental Health Issues. To take the Pledge go to https://www.nami.org/stigma#whatisstigmafree and complete the pledge. 

If you want more information on Mental Illness or NAMI, click the link below: 
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