Giving Support and Ending the Silence
Story by Holly J. Coley
Photo: Adam Rivera
Although more than 43.8 million Americans are affected by mental illness each year (that’s more than those diagnosed with cancer or diabetes), finding help for yourself or a loved one can easily become overwhelming. Unlike other diseases, there’s often an unwarranted shame attached. Because of this, many suffer in silence, lest they be labeled “crazy.” NAMI Mid-Hudson (the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) has been fighting to change this. Since its beginnings in 1981, its mission has been to help individuals and families find support and guidance while ending the stigma surrounding mental illness.