Here at Moms Clean Air Force, we believe motherhood is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Here are a few (of many) reasons why:
1. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI was founded in 1979 by Harriet Shetler and Beverly Young. For Harriet and Beverly, the inspiration to form the alliance came from their sons, who were both schizophrenic.
Within six months of their first meeting, 75 people had joined. After receiving a newsletter from a similar organization in California, Harriet had the idea to hold a national conference—bringing in 250 attendees, including many mental health professionals. At the conclusion of the conference, a national group had been formed, named and financed.
In 1999, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Steven Hyman, called NAMI “the greatest single advocacy force in mental health.”
Today, NAMI has affiliates in every state and more than 1,100 communities.
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