By Clarence Rode, (President, NAMI Board of Directors)
National Alliance on Mental Illness
The Louisville affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has one primary mission – to end the stigma of mental illness and make recovery possible for individuals and families affected by its impact.
For too long, the topic of mental illness has existed in the shadows away from frank discussion about treatment options and hope for recovery.
Guilt often surrounds a mental illness diagnosis, which can perpetuate this stigma and delay critical treatments necessary for a productive, fulfilling life.
Along with NAMI Louisville, the Louisville Metro Police Department supports the importance of access to treatment for mentally ill individuals.
Since 2002, NAMI has been a proud partner in LMPD’s Crisis Intervention Training program, which was created to help police officers assist mentally ill individuals. Often, these individuals would be incarcerated due to disruptive or dangerous behaviors.
The program trains police officers to recognize and properly assist mentally ill individuals, while diverting them away from jail and toward appropriate healthcare.
Through the Crisis Intervention Training program, thousands of police officers throughout Kentucky have received this training and helped mentally ill people get the help they need from trained mental health professionals.
Please help NAMI Louisville in its mission to end the stigma of mental illness. Join us on August 13 for the "Step Forward for Mental Illness Walk at Waterfront Park." Your support will help us provide critical support services and programs to families and individuals who need it most.
I’m Clarence Rode, and that’s my Point of View.