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#GivingTuesday

givingtuesday2016-1024x404We have a day for giving thanks and two days for sales and buying presents. Now there is a day for giving back.

#GivingTuesday is a social media movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season. Making a gift to help others by supporting a charity of your choice, then encouraging others to make a gift, too, are the anchor actions for this day of giving.

#GivingTuesday was started in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y and was then joined by the United Nations Foundation as a partner. With the contributions of a powerful list of corporations and influential leaders, a true social media movement was born that now include thousands of #GivingTuesday initiatives and movements. NAMI is a part of this movement.

It’s Time to Shine the Light on Mental Illness

Mental illness affects everyone—nearly 60 million Americans every year experience mental illness. Left untreated, the costs are enormous to these individuals, their families and our communities.

But we also know that recovery is not a dream. Many people living with mental illness find themselves on the path of recovery made possible by treatment, support and understanding. However, barriers remain. Stigma, prejudice and ignorance present huge obstacles for many. Rather than simply talking about mental illness, we have an opportunity to take action and create a vision of a better tomorrow.

Millions of Americans face the day-to-day reality of living with mental illness. At NAMI, we get it. We’ve been there. We offer understanding and support unique to those who have this shared experience.

We know that the path of recovery is found through individual, family and community education, peer support, common sense public policy and the promotion of public understanding. Together with dedicated grassroots leaders, we educate families and those living with mental illness. We advocate night and day in every corner of the country to ensure better lives for everyone.

And yet fewer than one-third of adults and one-half of children with a diagnosed mental health condition receive services and treatment in a given year. One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by age 24.

It’s Time to Make a Difference

You can play a part in changing the way the world understands mental illness. On Tuesday, November 29, you can stand with us and help make a difference.

Make a gift to NAMI and make sure that no one person or family is alone in their fight. $35 or more gets you a free one year membership!So stand with NAMI in starting the holiday season off right. Help others know that there is hope for our communities and for those affected by mental illness.

It’s time to take action.

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