May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Amy Perry  |  May 3, 2021  |  Home
You Are Not Alone! NAMI Vermont is Here for You With Support and Resources.

Before the pandemic, in any given year, 1 in 5 people in the U.S. reported having a mental health condition. Currently, mental health experts suggest the figure is 2 in 5, or even higher.

This May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont (NAMI Vermont) is raising awareness of mental health conditions and highlighting available resources.

It’s been more than a year since the pandemic upended our everyday lives with feelings of uncertainty, anxiety and depression. The burden of living through a pandemic continues to impact our personal and professional relationships in unprecedented ways. We’ve all been impacted one way or another due to the unprecedented stress and hardship we’ve endured as a country.

NAMI Vermont wants anyone who might have concerns for themselves or a loved one to know that they are not alone.

NAMI Vermont continues to find ways to bring needed resources and programs to people remotely so that no one must struggle with this difficult time alone. We’ve adapted our classes, workshops and support groups to make them accessible in an online format and provided resources and information. No one should feel alone in their mental health journey or without the resources and support they need. NAMI Vermont is here for you.

“Over the last year, we’ve experienced an unprecedented level of grief, trauma, uncertainty, and isolation, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines, said Laurie Emerson, Executive Director of NAMI Vermont. “We will continue as long as necessary to support people remotely with virtual support groups and resources to help them through these challenging times.”

This Mental Health Awareness Month, we endeavor to turn the tragic and life-changing impact of COVID-19 into a spotlight on the growing need for systematic improvements in our mental health care system to meet the increased need as we return to some sense of a new normal as the world opens back up again. We will all be facing and adapting to this change together as a society.

Especially during times of uncertainty, the NAMI community is here to help you. We currently offer virtual/online support:

  • Peer Connection Support Groups – a FREE peer-led group open to all people experiencing a mental health condition. These groups are offered weekly.
  • Family Support Groups – A FREE peer-led meeting for family members, partners and friends of individuals living with a mental health condition. There is a group available each week.
  • Weekly Community Check-In – a virtual open forum meeting facilitated by a NAMI Vermont leader and open to everyone. Meetings are Mondays at 1 pm.

We also invite you to join us during this Mental Health Awareness Month for our annual Pathways to Wellness Conference, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. This year’s virtual event will feature:

  • William Walsh, PhD, FACN, the President and Founder of Walsh Research Institute,
  • Pete Earley, best-selling author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, and his son Kevin Earley, artist musician and mentor for youth living with a mental illness,
  • Diana Chao, the Founder and Executive Director of Letters to Strangers.
  • A panel discussion, “A Collaborative Approach to Crisis Intervention,” moderated by Kristin Chandler, Coordinator of Team Two.

Click here for more information about our Conference.

You can find out more about our programs and offerings on our website or email info@namivt.org or call 802-876-7949 (leave a message) for more information.

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