Two years ago, when her son was diagnosed with a mental illness, she was a scared and heartbroken mother. But that was before she knew about NAMI Mass.
“When I was in a particularly bad place about 10 years ago, I told my therapist I had no hope that things would get better. She said, ‘Well, Lize, you can borrow some of mine, because I have enough hope for both of us.’ To this day, the idea of borrowing hope clicks for me and it really helps.”
Many of us in NAMI Massachusetts are family members of loved ones struggling with severe and persistent mental illness. That’s why Joshua and Peter — victims of abuse at Bridgewater State Hospital — are family to us. Like them, our own sons and daughters have been caught up in the criminal justice system because of…
The budget will be debated beginning on April 28th, 2014. NAMI Mass has identified 11 amendments as critical to ensuring the Commonwealth continues to provide a broad array of community-based mental health services.
Report on the State of Mental Health in 2014 examines how state funding for mental health services as well as community-based programs have fared since the Commonwealth slashed mental health funding in 2009.
NAMI Mass to Press Lawmakers on Mental Health Funding – Annual Advocacy Day to feature speakers and lobbying
“In 2009, the state slashed the DMH budget by $50 million. Since then, funding has failed to keep up with the growing demand for mental health services for children and adults across Massachusetts,”