Happy New Year!
Never have those three words meant as much as they do this year. Let’s face it: 2020 was brutal. Looking back, we can reflect on what took place and what comes to mind for me is that we all faced this COVID-19 challenge together. While the magnitude of the impact may have varied amongst us, we all experienced an incredible amount of stress. With each of us facing what 2020 was throwing at us, we had a common experience which made it easier to talk about. Many of us experienced stress, anxiety, and depression for the first time or at a level as never before. What resonated loud and clear was that you are not alone. This is the central message behind all that NAMI does. Knowing you are not alone makes it easier to talk, share, and bond over our experiences. We have witnessed people reaching out and freely sharing their experiences more than ever before and this is very healthy. This is what will get us through.
During the past year, we have also observed a significant increase in financial support, which is a sign that people within our community believe in what we do and see a great need. We exist to facilitate connections and equip individuals with the resources needed to take care of themselves and each other.
Thanks for reading this message and for your unwavering support. Please continue to practice self-care and check in on the well-being of those around you. I hope that 2021 is an incredible year for each and every one of you.