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posted Dec 24, 2015, 6:07 AM by Website Director   [ updated Dec 24, 2015, 6:07 AM ]

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Dear NAMI Supporter,

Mental illness affects everyone, nearly 60 million Americans every year. I know personally what that feels like.

In 1999, I revealed my own diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and my ongoing struggle with addiction. It’s hard to talk about because of the stigma associated with mental illness. Ultimately, I wrote about the challenges I faced in my book, A Common Struggle, to help me better understand my own experience and inspire others.

Too often, we’re afraid to talk about mental illness. Some face shame and discrimination for their mental health conditions. As a result, many don’t access the care they need.

With your support, NAMI is working to change that.

They are educating the public and bringing awareness to mental illness, advocating for more scientific research funding to improve treatment and offering resources to individuals and families affected by mental illness through education and support programs like NAMI Family-to-Family and the NAMI HelpLine.

These programs are making a difference — letting people facing mental illness know that they are not alone and offering hope and understanding to replace stigma and fear.

This holiday season, please continue to support this important work with your generous donation.

When I went public with my story, NAMI embraced me as part of their extended family. And I’m proud to have worked alongside NAMI to combat the stigma associated with mental illness and advocate for a more just and fair mental health care system.

But we need you with us. In order to change the way people view mental illness, we must build a movement of support that is too strong to be ignored.

I hope you’ll join me this holiday, and help send a gift of hope to people affected by mental illness today.
(portrait) Sincerely,
Patrick J. Kennedy
NAMI | National Alliance on Mental Illness
stigma free