Looking back, Heather Andrew says, she probably should have known: she had worked in mental health, had had a diagnosis — and one she believed she couldn’t talk about, even with colleagues whose job was to understand and even as she took the medication that helped.
But when her son’s downward spiral started, it was hard to find what he needed. That’s why she and her partner, Jeremy Douglas, have become so committed to the National Alliance for Mental Illness’ range of programs.
Those include support groups for people recovering from illness, run by people who have been through crisis. NAMI’s family-to-family groups can help families discover what they can do to help when one member is in distress, learning from families that have already been through it.
NAMI’s education programs help people and families who, as Douglas put it, “are trying to build a plane while you’re trying to