NAMI Pensacola May 2020 "Ending the Silence" Walk
NAMI Pensacola provides support, education and advocacy to the family, friends and caregivers of individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, giving a voice to those who seek a path to enhanced services. We also offer support to those in our community who suffer. Currently, one in four Americans are affected by mental illness, and one in twenty by severe mental illness. Many do not seek treatment because of the stigma attached to this devastating brain disease and many do not know where to turn.
A grass-roots, non-profit organization, NAMI Pensacola is staffed by volunteers, and all donations are tax deductible. Our Signature Programs are "evidenced-based" and free to the public. Currently we are offering monthly:
- Family Support Group Meetings in Pensacola and Navarre for family, friends and caregivers of individuals with a lived experience of mental illness.
- Connections Recovery Support Group in Pensacola for individuals with a lived experience of mental illness.
- Educational Meeting open to everyone.
- Family to Family Education Class. A 12-week education class for family, friends and caregivers of individuals with a lived experience of mental illness.
Funds raised from the 2019 NAMI Pensacola "Ending the Silence" Walk will help train facilitators for Connections Recovery Support Group, Family Support Group, In Our Own Voice, Provider Education and Ending the Silence Program in our middle and high schools.
But more importantly, we seek to raise awareness of the plight of our friends and loved ones living so bravely with mental illness. Underserved, misunderstood and at the bottom of the totem pole in terms of public dollars allocated for research and cutting-edge treatment, our friends and loved ones deserve better. The state of Florida is near the bottom in the nation in terms of mental health funding. This is your opportunity to add your voice to those calling for change.
Join us in Ending the Silence by supporting the 2020 NAMI Pensacola "Ending the Silence" Walk, coming next May, as a sponsor, by forming a team, or individually.