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NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for persons of all ages who are affected by mental illnesses. NAMI members and friends work to fulfill the mission by providing support, education, and advocacy.

You can learn more about the organization and its resources at Karen's local chapter is

Karen’s involvement with NAMI is four-pronged.

NAMI Family to Family Education Program :
Karen co-teaches this free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. During the 12 weeks, the material discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.
NAMI Family to Family Education Program - State Trainer:
Karen is certified as a state trainer for the NAMI Family to Family Education Program. Throughout the country, NAMI conducts an on-site, 3-day training of volunteers to become Family to Family teachers.
NAMI Provider Education Program :

Karen participates on a teams of five (made up of one mental health provider, two family members and two patients) conducting a 5-week course to mental health providers in Orange County CA. It offers the providers a rare personal view of the lived experience of mental illness, leading to a better understanding of this challenging human story, and prepares them to work corroboratively with patients and families to foster recovery. .

NAMIWalks :
Karen is co-captain of a team participating in the annual NAMIWalk fund raiser in Orange County CA. The team, NAMIgoes (cute play on words, eh?) has raised more than $40,000. The next Orange County walk will be held September 27, 2014.

The NAMIgoes team is an enthusiastic team made up of Family to Family class members, their families and friends. All who participate and/or sponsor a team member are proud to support this critical and awesome charity.

NAMIWalks are held in over 69 cities across America, have attracted more than 70,000 individual walkers/supporters, securing over 1,000 corporate and business sponsors and raising over $6,500,000 last year. If you are interested in participating or sponsoring a walker, you can do so online at Click on the Walk Teams link on the left, then scroll down and select Namigoes. From here you can join the team or sponsor me for this worthy cause.

It's all about education, awareness and fighting stigma. If you or someone you know can benefit from any of the many services offered by NAMI, please avail yourself of this powerful resource at or for Orange County CA,

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