NAMI Fort Bend will host its First Ever Awareness Fundraiser set for April 9

NAMI Fort Bend will host its First Ever Awareness Fundraiser April 9, 2016 at the Sugar Land Memorial Park. This will be a 5K Run where we will mesh mental health facts and fun for all ages.

Mental illness is a biological brain disorder that interferes with normal brain chemistry.

Millions of Americans (1 in 4) are affected with brain disorders, such as bipolar, depression, PTSD, OCD, or schizophrenia. Adults do not ask for help for fear of judgment, isolation, or discrimination. Of those affected with this illness over 2/3 do not seek treatment because of the stigma attached to the words mental illness. Society’s ACCEPTED SILENCE stigmatizes and marginalizes treatment, AND permanently disables. Educating our community is the pathway to understanding brain disorders, erasing the stigma, and giving hope for recovery to those affected.

The good news is that recovery is possible with the right treatment and support!

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Fort Bend are dedicated volunteer members and leaders who work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people in our community living with mental illness and their loved ones. We offer:

• A Helpline for resources

• Support Groups in English, Spanish and Chinese

• Free NAMI Basic a 6-week Class

• Free 12-Week Family to Family Educational Classes

• Free 10-Week Peer to Peer Educational classes

• Free Speakers for Health Fairs and National Suicide Prevention Walk Support

• Mental Health First Aid for Youth

• Community Partners of CRISIS Intervention Team (CIT), MHA Fort Bend Fort Bend Behavioral Department, DBSA

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