Telling your story about mental illness can help improve treatment and services

Sometimes a heartfelt personal story has the power to touch minds and hearts even more than costly ads and lavishly produced commercials. That’s why NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is training members of the community to share stories about how they and their families are affected by mental illness.

On Sat., Feb. 26, NAMI invites the public to a free virtual training session to learn how to tell personal stories about mental illness. The goal is to empower the community to serve as advocates to influence policy makers and legislators to improve treatment options. With 1 in 5 Americans living with a mental illness, the need for better understanding of mental disorders is great, a view echoed by Texas State Rep. Toni Rose.

“To have a healthy and balanced life, and to ensure community resiliency, it is critical to destigmatize mental illness and promote open and honest discussions around mental wellness.”

Toni Rose, Texas State Rep., District 110

Led by NAMI Dallas Southern Sector, the free session will be conducted via Zoom. Registration is available at

Published by diamondgirl1950

Writer, thinker and someone who wants to contribute to the global conversation in hopes of leaving the world better than I found it. Throughout my life and career, words have intrigued me. As a reporter, I covered Dallas City Hall and the school board. As a campus-based liaison, I crafted newsletters and info pieces for parents in the Dallas Ind. School District. For two decades before retirement, I worked in school PR as a member of a dynamic communications team telling stories about Dallas ISD personalities and programs. Now, in retirement, I'm fortunate to write what pleases me, which is what this site is all about.

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