Notes of Appreciation

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NAMI Has Changed Lives for The Better,
Shifted Outcomes in The Direction of Success

There are many reasons to be hopeful. Some of those reasons come from the people in our immediate Pasco County and surrounding area who continue to support NAMI Pasco’s education and advocacy work. Without our friends, community partners, concerned parents, and people living with brain disorders who give back every day, we could not do the grassroots work required to meet the overflowing and complex needs surrounding mental illness and its effects.

This is Nami Pasco’s Thank You “Wall”. A kind of Great Wall, with our own versions of Spoken Word and thank you “graffiti,” a non-denominational shout out to the Powers of Kindness. The bottom line is, we’re grateful and humbled by acts of benevolence and philanthropy, no matter how small.

If there’s someone you want to “nominate,” locally or otherwise for their volunteerism and generosity in helping to support mental health, please send us a note through our Contact page. We welcome your stories on our wall. Here are some of ours!

  • Thank you to Bryce Mackie, a teen who wrote and directed an important documentaryEternal High_cover called Eternal High, about his drug abuse, depression, and recovery. He’s a young advocate for mental health awareness and an exemplary person. Bryce donated a copy of his DVD for one of our free NAMI Pasco monthly Education Meetings and we’re beholden to the meaning of his work. Here’s a quick video trailer of Eternal High. If you’d like to order a paid copy of the DVD you can reach Bryce’s father, Tom Mackie, by email at mackietom@comcast.net
  • Thank you North Tampa Behavioral Health for letting us hold Family Support Meetings and monthly Education Meetings at your facility. Thank you for helping to fund our Newspapers in Education project on Dual Diagnosis through the Tampa Bay Times.
  • Thumbs up to Baycare Behavioral Health for giving us free space to hold our 10-week, Peer-to-Peer Education program at their facility beginning September 2014.Thank You1
  • Two grateful thumbs up to Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point for putting out the welcome mat. Thanks to you we have a space to host another of our Family Support Group meetings so people have more choice. You’re an excellent community partner!
  • Thank you Medical Center of Trinity, West Campus, for your open door policy on the conference rooms you lend us to hold all manner of meetings and education groups. We thank you for your cookies and photocopies too!
  • Much obliged to the Land O’ Lakes branch of Feeding America, who routinely and generously grants access to their food pantry when we need it, so we can offer refreshments to students, families, peers, and anyone else who attends our free classes. We couldn’t do it without you.
  • A shout out to Lynn Anderson, retired NAMI Pasco board of directors member, who for more years than can be easily counted was one of the vital organs in the Pasco affiliate. Despite her “retirement” she still looks out for us, posts our happenings where she can, lends a hand when we need one. She’s one of the angels.