Always Remember ~ No Matter What, You Are Beautiful Even With Mental Illness!

Hello Recovery Friends, and Welcome New Friends,
I just wanted to share a “Special Message” I received by email from one of the many “Organizations” I support for Mental and Emotional illness and disorders. I suffer, so I spend time “Advocating” against the *STIGMA* around those who have mental illness.It is important to me to not only “Speak Up & Speak Out” about how my illness affects my life, but the lives of millions. WE CAN OVER COME!….We can learn to live a “Fabulous Life,” even with the debilitating effects of these illness’. There are so many Clinical Professionals, Treatment Options, and Support Groups to help us. And here is a share of one of my “Favorite” ones……
About NAMI…Mental illness affects everyone. Nearly 60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year. Regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children across the United States.From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. – Financial contributions allow NAMI to offer an array of programs, initiatives and activities in support of the NAMI mission.

People living with mental illness need help and hope: they need a community that supports them, their families and their recovery.

Because mental illness devastates the lives of so many Americans, NAMI works every day to save every life.

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs….

Our History

Since its inception in 1979, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in the NAMI’s mission have produced profound changes.

NAMI has been the driving force behind a national investment in lifesaving research, parity for mental health care, increased housing and to ensure that treatments and services are available to those in need when they need them most.

NAMI awareness efforts have successfully addressed the stigma of mental illness, ensuring the decrease of barriers to treatment and recovery. NAMI’s signature education programs have served as a beacon of hope for hundreds of thousands of families and individuals.

And NAMI’s support efforts expand to meet the challenges of a changing world by supporting virtual communities of help and hope to millions through and NAMI’s social media channels.

As the need remains, so will NAMI

Dear NAMI Catherine Lyon,

NAMI thanks you and all of those who support our important mission of helping millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Special thanks to those who have generously donated to support our essential education, support and advocacy  programs—helping us to raise public awareness, drive for change and  build communities of hope.

Despite some recent positive movement in communities, driven by the Newtown tragedy and by policymakers  supporting change in America’s mental health system, less than one-third of adults and one-half of children with mental health conditions  receive treatment and services in any given year.


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NAMI Looks Ahead to 35 Years in 2014

This past year NAMI had many great achievements, but next year brings new opportunities and hope.

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Making Better Mental Health Treatment a National Priority

NAMI’s Ron Honberg recently met with Vice President Joe Biden and the families of the victims of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy.
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NAMI Homefront Helps Educate Military Families and Veterans

NAMI has adapted its Family to Family program to help address the specific needs facing military service members and veterans.

These are just a few ways NAMI helps many! Some come by and show support by a “Donation” today in “Honor” of a Soldier Who Suffers Today.
As we look to 2014, NAMI needs your continued help and support. It’s time to make a difference today. Please make a gift to NAMI to ensure that no one stands alone.

BECAUSE, In these times, if not NAMI, Who?
*Here are some ways to DONATE:*
Your memorial gift to NAMI is a personal remembrance that honors the life and memory of a friend or loved one, and offers the gift of hope for the future.

You may make a memorial gift online, or via mail, fax or phone.  Based on the information you provide, NAMI will send a letter to the family of the memorialized, notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

Honorary Gifts

Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, Mother’s or Father’s Day, or the arrival of a new baby are special moments that we can help you celebrate. A gift to NAMI is a wonderful way for individuals, organizations, businesses, and groups to honor these special occasions in our lives and pay tribute to a friend or loved one.

You may make an honorary gift online, or via mail, fax or phone.  Based on the information you provide, NAMI will send a letter to the person(s) you are honoring, notifying them of your gift.

Memorial Funds

If you would like to create a memorial fund in memory of your loved one to which others may donate, please contact NAMI’s Development Office via email or call toll-free 1-888-999-NAMI (6264), and select Option 3.

General Donations

General donations are gifts made in your own name to support the work of NAMI.

You may make a general donation online, or via mail, fax or phone.

Your are not alone in this fight

Spread the word!
You are not alone in this fight when it comes to mental illness.
COME “Share” your story to inspire hope and break down stigma everywhere!!

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**I thank all of you for helping ME help others who suffer, and for backing ME in shattering the *STIGMA*!!
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon**

5 thoughts on “Always Remember ~ No Matter What, You Are Beautiful Even With Mental Illness!

  1. Pingback: NAMI Looks Ahead to 35 Years in 2014 | NAMI South Bay

  2. Dear Catherine, You have so much wonderful information to offer readers on your blog. I’m so glad that we’ve become friends and appreciate all that you do to support my efforts as an author.I’ve just nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger award and thank you so much for inspiring and supporting me, my friend. You’ll find out all about it at Have a wonderful weekend and a Very Happy New Year! Blessings, Bette


    • AWE Thank You Bette!
      I was just on your BLOG! “Great Authors Minds Do Think A Like”!….Lol…I was reading some older posts, then saw your award. I must have spaced seeing my name? I will be sure to share the “LUV” with others!

      Happy New Year to you too my friend!
      Hugs & Blessings, *Catherine* 🙂


  3. Hi Catherine!
    Thank you so much for sharing and writing this post! I’m happy to know more about the NAMI and its purpose =) Two words stuck out to me from their mission: hope and help. By allowing people feel that they are supported in their communities makes a whole world of a difference.
    I stand behind you in helping to shatter mental health stigma! =)



    • Thanks SO much! They are a Great Organization! They have been such a life saver to me, so I got MOVE involved with them to help reach out and tell others about NAMI…I thank you for the support!

      Hugs & Blessings,


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