NAMI Honors

Join NAMI Michigan Saturday, March 25, 2017

As we walk the red carpet to honor Michigan’s Heroes of Mental Health.


This Premier Black-Tie Gala Event promises to become the standard for recognition of individuals and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by mental illness in Michigan.

 

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. We accomplish this through advocacy, education, support and leadership. A key component of our leadership is recognizing the dedication and contributions of the many volunteers, professionals and organizations who work every day to improve the lives of everyone affected by mental illness. Join NAMI Michigan as we walk the red carpet to honor Michigan’s Heroes of Mental Health.

 

Why should you support this event?

  • More than 60 million Americans are affected by mental illness annually, yet only 41% will receive treatment.
  • In Michigan, more than 300,000 people receive Community Mental Health (CMH) services, however considering the statistic above, many more go untreated.
  • 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness onset by age 14; 75% by age 24.
  • 50% of teens diagnosed with a mental illness will drop out of school, leading to increases in unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, etc.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15-24; the 10th for all ages.
  • 90% of those lost to suicide have an underlying mental illness; these lives can be saved.
  • Serious mental illness cost America $193 billion in lost earnings annually.

 

We could provide many more mental health statistics, but will summarize by saying mental illness is a crisis in America and STIGMA remains the leading barrier to the diagnoses and treatments that lead to better outcomes. We must view mental illness as we view any other medical illness. Only then will the people who need treatment seek it. The good news is we are making a difference. Collaboration is key. Help us recognize, encourage and support the many individuals and organizations dedicated to caring for Michigan’s most vulnerable population. Your leadership by supporting this premier event will help us eliminate the stigma of mental illness.