NAMImobile coming

The NAMImobile will be visiting Tiffin next Tuesday as part of the 2014 anti-discrimination against mental illness tour. The NAMImobile will be parked at the Tiffin Mall, 870 W. Market St., Tiffin, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The purpose of the bus tour is to end discrimination against individuals living with mental illness and their family members by getting the facts about mental illness out to the public. Discrimination is a major barrier to people seeking help for their mental illness when they need it. Over the summer, the NAMImobile will visit over 100 communities in Ohio to share messaging and raise awareness about mental illness.

Each community visit will include comments from:

Local NAMI affiliate representatives.

Local Mental Health and Recovery Services Board representatives.

Mental health advocates.

One in four adults – approximately 2.9 million Ohioans – experience a mental health disorder in a given year.

One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by age 24. Early identification and treatment is of vital importance to recovery.

In reference to a statement from the MIND Movement Partner Organizations, “widespread discrimination or fear of discrimination against individuals with mental illness often causes shame, despair, and hopelessness and can negatively influence a person’s decision to seek treatment. Lack of treatment can result in hospitalization, loss of employment, court involvement, homelessness or worse, death.”

For too long, people have been ashamed to admit that they have a mental illness. That has to change. That is why this movement is so important.

The NAMImobile visit was organized in coordination with the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, MIND (Mental Illness-No Discrimination) Movement and NAMI Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot.

NAMI Ohio is the statewide alliance that serves as the voice on mental illness. The organization is comprised of thousands of family members, individuals, advocates and professionals working together to ensure Ohioans with mental illness and their loved ones receive the treatment and support they need. Serious mental illness includes such illnesses as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression.

If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board at (419) 448-0640 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Nancy Cochran,

executive director