Thursday, September 18, 2014

NAMI Piedmont Tri-County Walk for 1 in 4


Adoptive families really know the value of accessing mental health services and support. Here's a great chance to support that for families in your own community.


Did you know that 1 in 5 children are affected by mental illness in a given year? Your support matters to our family and many, many others!

We knew from almost the very start that our daughter, Ava, was different from other kids. As time went on, her struggles became more pronounced. After years of evaluations, she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and a mild Intellectual Disability at age 9. Her increasingly isolating behaviors threatened to tear our family apart. We were truly a family in crisis. It was then that we found NAMI. At the NAMI Piedmont Tri-County, Family to Family course, we started to understand the challenges Ava faces every minute of every day. The education we received at NAMI Family to Family and NAMI Basics has been life changing. As a result of attending NAMI support groups, we have learned to become better advocates for Ava in the school setting as well as in the community. The caring and generous nature of the many NAMI Piedmont Tri-County volunteers we have met has provided much needed emotional as well as educational support to us.

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