Mental illness affects the fiber of our nation.  Don't you feel that we need to address it head on--recognize it is an illness of the brain, which is another one of the organs in our body.  The medical community has developed new medications that reduce the emotional and behavioral effect.  Therapists focus on ways for the person with the mental illness to help himself.
Stigma blocks many people from getting treatment and services.  Mental Illness Awareness Week is a time to reflect upon where we are with accepting mental illness as what it is and resolving to help people with mental illness achieve their goals.
NAMI Rome plans events to increase community awareness.  Please join us in the events next week. 

Jim Moore
Candlelight Vigil               
Representative Katie Dempsey will be this year's speaker at the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding

For well over 10 years NAMI Rome has held a candlelight vigil in a local church.  This year we are thankful for First Presbyterian Church to host the event.
We will recognize that mental illness is a disorder of the brain and affirm the struggles that many endure during their path to recovery.  Community stakeholders will show their support as they light a candle.
Where & When
First Presbyterian Church, Hardy Chapel
101 E. 3rd Ave.
(Chapel is on East Second Street)
Rome, GA 30161
October 8, 2013
7:00 - 8:00 PM
 Balloon Release
Gather at the statue in front of the City Auditorium at 11:30 AM Wednesday, October 9th to participate in a special balloon release that will proclaim the facts about mental and debunk the myths.

NAMI ON CAMPUS              
Join NAMI and college students from Berry and Shorter to learn about mental illness on college campuses. 

For those of us that have been dealing with mental illness for years, we know that the onset of mental illnesses occur during the late teens or early twenties.  Stress kick in and out comes an emotional or behavioral let down that sends students spinning.  Yes, we know this, but we are in the minority.  NAMI hopes to engage college students to become more aware of signs of mental illness then seek help.  
Watch the 30 second clip above and be a friend.

Drop by the resource table at Berry's Krannert Center Thursday from 11:30 - 1:00 PM to get iental health information and learn about NAMI On Campus clubs.

Visit the resource table at Fitton Student Union at Shorter from 9:00 - 11:30 AM Friday to get information and learn about NAMI on Campus clubs

 Public Library Book Displays
NAMI Rome has donated books about mental illness to area libraries for four years.  
This year Dalton and Rockmart libraries will display books as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week.  
NAMI believes in education.  There are plenty of excellent resources available at public libraries.  Check them out.

NAMI Rome offers support and education for people with mental illnesses and their families/caregivers.  
3 Central Plaza, Box 317
Rome, Georgia 30161