National Alliance on Mental Illness offers support at event in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Shiloh SDA Church and the National Alliance on Mental Illness have come together to start a dialogue about mental health issues.

NAMI wants to offer a beacon of love and hope to those seeking diagnosis, support and community. NAMI believes that people struggling with mental health issues often go untreated or unaware of the resources and treatments available to help them.

“We are truly that beacon of light and hope for someone who is struggling with a mental health issue,” said Donna Bunn, president of NAMI of Western Massachusetts. “That they can come to us, they can see that there is hope for them. That they are not alone.

One in five Americans lives with a mental health disorder. NAMI hopes that by starting a dialogue, they can de-stigmatize mental health disorders and provide a safe space for their community. NAMI hopes that through education and accessibility of resources, they can promote good mental well-being for all.

“It’s a blessing in heaven that NAMI is coming to strengthen these things,” said Janet Russell, elder and community services leader at Shiloh SDA Church. “Although we have the message of the golden rule, do unto others as you do unto them. You still need these tools to know what to do for them so they feel validated.

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