The NAMI Upper Valley Idaho library features a collection of recent multimedia publications addressing mental illness, treatment, and experience. Materials are available for a two-week checkout. Read More
May is Mental Health Month
This year, NAMI is launching “CureStigma” a new campaign that builds on the successful #StigmaFree initiative and positions stigma as a “social virus” that is spreading across America. Stigma is a sign or sense of disgrace that sets someone apart from others. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation and blame that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to moving forward in one’s recovery journey.
“Stigma is dangerous for the millions of Americans affected by mental health conditions. It causes people to feel ashamed for something that is out of their control, prevents them from seeking help, and even takes lives,” said Mary Giliberti, CEO of NAMI. “Although stigma is a virus that anyone can be exposed to, we do have a cure, and that is compassion and understanding. We need to talk openly and raise our voices, so we can put an end to the fear and shame, and cure stigma once and for all.”
The campaign incorporates a new series of nationwide public service announcements (PSA) featuring NAMI Celebrity Ambassadors from film, television, music, and sports including Utkarsh Ambudkar, Andrea Barber, Maurice Bernard, Corinne Foxx, Clark Gregg, Jamie Gray Hyder, AJ Mendez, Sonya Nichols, Mauro Ranallo and Stolar. (go to YouTube NAMI CureStigma) The PSA encourages viewers to visit curestigma.org, where visitors can take a brief quiz to see if they “are infected” by stigmatizing beliefs. Visitors will also receive information about how to “spread the cure” and will gain free access to a special emoji/sticker pack for their mobile phones.
Key mental health statistics include:
• 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition.
• 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in the United States lives with a serious mental illness.
• 60 million people in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.
• Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
• Additional facts and citations are available at Mental Health by the Numbers.
“The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it. So during Mental Health Month, we are asking everyone to join with NAMI to #CureStigma,” said Giliberti.
For additional information about Mental Health Month, to take the CureStigma quiz and to access CureStigma resources, please visit curestigma.org.
“I don’t think you ever stop giving.
I really don’t.
I think it’s an on-going process.”
Are you ready to be a part of #IdahoGives? It’s a day to celebrate all the good going on in our communities!
We are so excited to be a part of #IdahoGives! you can support our campaign by visiting this link: https://www.idahogives.org/organizations/nami-upper-valley-idaho
On May 3rd, you will have 24 hours (one day!) to give where your heart is!
Thank You for your support!!
Family to Family is a free, nationally developed course. The 2 1/2 hour classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks and are taught by members who have received training from the National NAMI.
If you have a family member or friend that you want to help, please sign up and take these classes. Here are a few things you will learn:
1-Learning to process our feelings about mental illness
2-Problem solving workshop
3-Empathy workshop: what is it like to have a mental illness
5-Advocacy and fighting stigma
Start the year right, take care of yourself. You are important and special. Follow these 12 steps to Self Care to find yourself healthy and happy.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month
7:00 – 8:30 pm
555 West 25th Street
Idaho Falls, Idaho
NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Here you will gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.
NAMI’s Family Support group is unique because it follows a structured model, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need. By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you will gain hope and develop supportive relationships.
Free of Cost! Safe and Confidential! No medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended.