Kindred (kindred_embrace) wrote in whisperingwell,
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NAMI

Dear Livejournal User,

I am writing you today to tell you about an
upcoming event that I am participating in that is both very important and very
exciting to me.  It is NAMIWalks for the Mind of America, NAMI’s signature
walkathon event that is being held in Atlanta , GA  at Centennial Olympic Park
on Oct. 1, 2005.

I would like to ask you to come and walk with me or to donate to support my
participation in this great event. Visit my personal walker page to sign up: http://www.nami.org/namiwalks05/GEO/kindred. It features
a link to my team's page where you can see who else is walking with me. There is
also a link so you can donate directly to me online. Donating online is fast and
secure, and I'll get immediate notification via e-mail of your donation.



NAMI, the Nation's Voice on Mental Illness, formerly the National Alliance for
the Mentally Ill, is the largest education, support and advocacy organization
that serves the needs of all those who’s lives are touched by these illnesses.
 This includes persons with mental illness, their families, friends, employers,
the law enforcement community and policy makers.  The NAMI organization is
composed of approximately 1100 local affiliates, 50 state offices and a national
office.

The goals of the NAMIWalks program are: to fight the stigma that
surrounds mental illness, to build awareness of the fact that the mental health
system in this country needs to be improved and to raise funds for NAMI so that
they can continue their mission.

NAMI is a 501(c)3 charity and any
donation you make to support my participation in this event is tax deductible.
 NAMI has been rated by Worth magazine as among the top 100 charities "most
likely to save the world" and has been given an "A+" rating by The American
Institute of Philanthropy for efficient and effective use of charitable dollars.
 NAMI has also been given 4 out of 4 stars by The Charity Navigator for
short-term spending practices and long-term sustainability.

Thank you in
advance for your support.

Sincerely,
Harry Maze
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NAMI supports coercive treatment. I am opposed
to coercive treatment exept in the most extreme
cases where the person is in immediate danger of
hurting themselves or others.

Fear of coercive treatment kept me from getting help
with my PTSD and DID. Only recently did i get some
medications to help with the intendant depression that
has taken many productive years out of my life.

I am a licensed pilot, a successfull unix administrator
and a massage school student, all despite the issues i
have fought all my life. I helped found a women's housing
co-op in the catskills and a pagan retreat.

To treat me with coercion as a simple mental patient is
the height of disrespect for me as a person - all of us.

--- Constance Sybil