September is Mental Health Awareness Month. We try to deepen and broaden the awareness of mental illness. The Green Ribbon is designated to help promote this.
This illness, whether it involves major Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Personality Disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, or a combination of any of the above affects not only the individuals, but that person’s loved ones, friends, co-workers, and society as a whole.
Last month NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Sumner County teamed up with NAMI TN to honor and recognize two very special ladies living here in Sumner County, Betty Duncan and Phyllis Hazelwood. A founder’s luncheon was given in Gallatin to offer our appreciation to Betty and Phyllis for their selfless service for the past 40 years of raising the awareness of mental illness here in Sumner County. Through their vision, dedication, persistence, and love they have changed the hearts and lives of our families and our community. For that we are truly grateful.
Special guest speakers included Katrina Gay, National Director Strategic Alliances and Development, NAMI TN Executive Director Jeff Fladen, Deputy Director Roger Stewart, and Middle TN Regional Coordinator Brenda Stacey-Scott.
In honor of Betty & Phyllis NAMI Summer donated $500 to the Enrichment Peer to Peer Center in Gallatin, Effie Cates, Director, was there to receive the award. Several former presidents and leaders of NAMI Sumner attended this memorable event, along with many friends and relatives of Betty & Phyllis.
A support group, opened to the community for members of a loved one suffering from mental illness, meets @ St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church every 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm. Listening, understanding, and learning skills to relate to this illness are vital.
In addition, this fall at the Trinity Baptist Church in Hendersonville, there will be a class called Family to Family (F2F), offered to educate and develop coping skills about this matter. Self-care and hope are offered during each session. Classes are free. We hope families with relatives who have a serious mental illness will take advantage of this opportunity.
NAMI recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency and support are essential to improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected by mental illness.