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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year millions of Americans, including children, are impacted by mental health challenges, exacerbated by these last two years of a global pandemic. On May 22, S:US is joining NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and other partners as part of the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Together, we can fight stigma, provide support, raise awareness, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

This is an important issue for S:US and close to many of our hearts. Mental health is a critical piece of overall health and affects every aspect of our lives. No family is unaffected by mental illness. Many of us – those of us who work at S:US and the people we serve – have mental health challenges. The past few years have not made these challenges any easier.

Together, we can work to decrease stigma, improve access to high quality treatment and let everyone know they are not alone. We must support each other, listen and uplift each other. We can bring our voices together to advocate for mental health and access to care. The more we talk about mental health, the less stigma surrounds it. Together, we can realize our shared vision of a nation where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Photo: NAMI

As mentioned, S:US will be walking with NAMI and other like-minded organizations on Sunday, May 22 at South Street Seaport to raise mental health awareness. Thank you for helping us reach and exceed our $5,000 fundraising goal! But we need to continue raising funds to collectively help NAMI achieve the $1M goal. We encourage you to share our Team S:US NAMIWalks fundraising page with your friends, loved ones, and people in your networks to promote mental health awareness, raise funds for NAMI’s mission, and let people know we’re together for mental health.

Lastly, check out NAMI-NYC resources on education, support, and advocacy. Together, we support Mental Health for All.

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