NAMIWalks Los Angeles County, Saturday, October 3, 2015, Grand Park, Los Angeles
Dear NAMI Glendale Friends,
Please support NAMI Glendale by giving a generous earmarked donation to NAMIWalks LA County 2015! This is the only fundraiser that we do for our affiliate, and we need your help!
Your donations provide funding for the many NAMI Signature Programs that NAMI Glendale offers at no charge to attendees. With the NAMIWalks funds that we raise, we will continue to cover the following programs and costs for the affiliate:
Education Classes – Family to Family
- Mental Health Legislation, NAMI Advocacy Alert, Act Now!
Support Comprehensive Mental Health Legislation in 2015
August usually brings to mind summer barbecues and back to school shopping. For Congress it means summer recess. Congressmen will be fanned out across their states and congressional districts until the week of Sept. 7th.
While members of Congress are back home they will be participating in local radio call in shows and making community appearances at events such as congressional town halls, county fairs, and Labor Day parades. These events provide terrific opportunities for
- NAMI supports Rep. Murphy’s leadership on mental health legislation, HR 2646
HR 2646, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015,” introduced by representatives Murphy and Johnson earlier this year, has garnered them a NAMI letter of support. NAMI Executive Director, Mary Gilberti, in a blog post about this bill said, “This year we have an unprecedented opportunity to pass legislation to improve mental health services.” Visit NAMI’s Advocacy home page by clicking on this link
. There you will find out more about all NAMI’s advocacy positions and how to let your representatives know where
- 2015 NAMIWalk: Calling All Walkers and Volunteers
- Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT): An Invaluable Community Resource
What is CIT?
CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Community partnerships are the key to a successful CIT program. Only by working together can law enforcement, mental health providers and advocates improve the way a community responds to a mental health crisis.
- Your Story: A Powerful Advocacy Tool
Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate picture of the reality of mental illness is to share with them the stories of those whom have had personal experiences with mental illness.