The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is an organization that strives to break the stigma of mental illness. They also provide mental health resources, education and support to families and individuals in our community. Some of these resources include drop-in centers, peer-to-peer and family-to-family education support, and family support groups. The family resources available are unique to this program. In addition to education, they offer a monthly support group for family members of individuals with a mental illness. This is a great opportunity for loved ones to receive the support they need. In all the education and support, the benefits of NAMI programs permeate throughout the family system and our community. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 22.1% of all Americans older than 18 years old suffer from a mental disorder. Therefore, it is important to bring awareness and resources to
our college campuses. On October 13, 2012, NAMI had their annual fundraiser walk.
This year, they issued a college challenge where local universities competed against each other to raise the most money and support for
prizes. Loyola’s Department of Counseling worked hard with Active Minds, SIFE, and Psychology Club to raise almost $1500 and WON THE COLLEGE CHALLENGE!! We would like to give a big thanks to all those who participated and/or donated. Congratulations!!