NAMIWalk/Run info for Saturday!

Our 2014 NAMIWalk/Run is this Saturday, Nov 1! Don’t miss it!
Click NAMIWalks above for registration information.
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I would dye my hair green, if I had any …

I would dye my hair green, if I had any…
Dave Lushbaugh, President, NAMI Northside Atlanta
Make a Statement
  • Wear green. Be creative; don’t just limit this to your everyday wardrobe. Wear green shoelaces, a green suit, dye your hair green or paint your fingernails.
  • Initiate a “Wear Green Day.” Encourage your workplace and friends to pick a day during the month to wear green to spread the word about Mental Illness Awareness Week.
  • Wear a green ribbon. Pin it on your shirt or on your bag or backpack.
  • Learn about new research, advances in treatments and coping strategies for living with mental illness and share what you find out with your family and friends. There might even be some simple ideas that you can pass along that can be incorporated into an everyday routine.
  • Share your story of hope on You Are Not Alone.
  • Participate in a NAMIWalk—and wear green!
  • Share your photos of your activities using #MIAW on twitter or facebook or submit your pictures to YANA (You are not Alone) or on our Facebook page.
Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct 5 – 11, 2014!

Join our 2014 NAMIWalk and fight stigma!

I love this quote! Last summer I was at an art fair and bought a small pendant that said “Tell Your Story”. When I saw that pendant it stopped me in my tracks and really resonated with me.

So many of our families with NAMI have a story to tell but sometimes hesitate to do so due to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. I have been amazed over and over again at the results of sharing about the impact that mental illness has had on my family. The result is often someone coming up to me and saying “me too”. Mental illness impacts 1 in 4 families in the United States yet so few talk about it. This leads to people not knowing where to turn to for help and education. Please join us this year and “Tell Your Story” by joining our NAMI Northside Atlanta 2014 walk team. Help us raise awareness and end stigma!

This year we celebrate the theme of “Be a HERO for Mental Health”.

The NAMIWalk & 5K Run Atlanta will be held on Saturday, November 1 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. 

The NAMIWalk is open to anyone interested in building awareness for NAMI Georgia and mental health, raising funds to support NAMI Georgia’s programs, and celebrating mental illness recovery. There is no registration fee to walk. The walk will be a 5K (3.1 miles) that will follow the same route as the 5K run. The path is designed to be a comfortable walk entirely inside the park.

The NAMIRun is a USTAF Certified 5K Chip-Timed Race and is a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race! The race is open to runners of any level. The course is a fast course for a fast time. There is a $25 registration fee for runners. All runners will receive a moisture wicking NAMIRuns Atlanta shirt, an official qualifying time, and more. The race will be held in advance of the walk to allow runners to participate in both if they desire.

Please visit and join the “Northsiders” team. Tell your story!


Neitcha Thomsen/ NNA 2014 Walk Captain

Our 2014 NAMIWalks page is ready

We hope you’re planning to join us at this years NAMIWalks on November 1 at Piedmont Park!  Our Northsiders Team page is ready. Check it out at

29th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy

The Road Ahead: Challenges And Opportunities for Behavioral Health Care During the Implementation of  the Affordable Care Act

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter for the 29th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy to discuss how access to mental health care could improve with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).

Read more.

Download Beyond Stigma PDF, Advancing the Social Inclusion of People with Mental Illnesses.

I’m Not Crazy Film Premiere

Sue Ryerson, a professional stand up comic, has been living with Bipolar Disorder for over two decades. In her
ongoing quest for increasing awareness and eliminating stigma, Sue has produced and directed a film, “I’m Not Crazy” about the issues surrounding and challenges of living with a mental illness.

The film premieres Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 8pm, at New Dawn Theatre in Duluth, Ga.

There will be a question and answer session following the film.

Seating is limited; tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling the New Dawn Theatre at 678-887-5015.

New Dawn Theatre
3087 Main St.
Duluth, GA 30096

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to NAMI Georgia.

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