For about 4 years now, I have been involved with a wonderful organization called NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness). I have psychotic disorder NOS (not otherwise specified…basically they don’t know which one exactly) and it causes me to see and hear things that aren’t really there and I have problems with depression and anxiety. I am happy to say that now with the correct medication it is in remission. I got Riley last year when my disorder was bad. I would see people in my bedroom at night that weren’t really there so I wanted to get a dog that could sleep with me that I could wake up in the night and she would bark if there was really anyone there. Riley has been my lifeline for the last year and 3 months.
For more information about NAMI, check out their website! They provide support services for people with mental illness and their families and friends. 1 in 4 people are diagnosed with a mental illness, so this means you likely know someone with a mental illness or may have one yourself.
Every year I participate in NAMI Walks Virginia. Last year, Riley walked with me! I don’t think she’s going to be able to walk the 5K with me this year because her hips are starting to bother her again. 😦 Anyway, the walk is held in Richmond on October 9th. I have $180 left to raise to meet my goal of $500. I’m not looking for big donations, I’m only looking for $5 to $10 from a bunch of people so one or two people don’t have to donate a large amount. We can all make a difference. Check out my fundraising website! Thanks!