Thursday, May 15, 2008

10 reasons to show me the money

This is your last chance to support yours truly - along with about 2,000 others - in a grassroots attempt to raise awareness about the need for mental illness treatment and recovery programs.

You can do so by visiting this page:

Our walk is in less than 72 hours, and this is my last minute push - and here are the reasons why you should give me even $1 (I'll take anything!) for this cause. (Disclaimer: for family and friends who read this blog who have already given, thank you! This is not a plea for more cash.)

You should totally sponsor me for the NAMI walk because, in addition to the fantastic karma you will be creating for yourself:

1. 100% of the money goes for programs. That's right! 100%!

2. I deserve some sympathy dollars for dealing with John Holmes. In fact, the dollars you donate to sponsor me won't support his branch of the organization! So let's kick some pornographic ass!

3. This event deserves some sympathy dollars because its former director bailed without even confirming our insurance or permits, let alone raising a lot of sponsor dollars.

4. It will be 85 degrees Sunday, and I have 2,000 people willing to spend their time walking on cement.

5. Here's a stat for you: 1 in 5 adults will receive treatment for a mental illness this year - be it anxiety or panic disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, ADD, ADHD, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, etc. Think of all of the people you know - think of 20 percent of them needing help.

6. Here's a scarier stat: 1 in 10 children - yes, children - has a mental illness that is serious enough to need treatment.

7. Education = awareness. We have education programs! Boy, do we have programs!

8. NAMI is a cool organization because it's not all about the money (ironic, I know, for the purposes of this blog.) $35 gets you a state and a national membership; if you're hard up, $3 will get you one.

9. We are a doorstop for people who are in crisis and have been shuffled around the system - and we refer them to HELP.

10. Because you're a good person, that's why!


Darth Weasel said...

I do second her appeal. There are a lot of causes out there and this is one of the better ones; most people who suffer in this way got it through no fault of their own and curing this would be a great thing.

ps any progress on the car receiving portion?

leftcoast said...

I have been a member of NAMI for many years and our Cowlitz County chapter is great. Every month at the meeting (which is open to the public) there's an informative speaker or a movie or something else that is helpful to the community as a whole.

For anyone who has a mentally ill family member, there is a course through NAMI called "Family To Family". It is invaluable to the friends and family of a mentally ill person. The people who facilitate the course are peers and the people who take the course are a great support system.

One of the best things about going to NAMI meetings is knowing that you're not going through this alone. I can't think of enough good things to say about the organization.

Claire said...

It's on.


Foster Communications said...

Good luck tomorrow!!

Scarlet said...

This sounds like the real deal as 100% of the money goes towards the programs. Now, that's amazing!

Congratulations for participating in this. BTW, do you get extra $ for kicking JH's ass??

Darth Weasel said...

and how did it go? details, girl...details!

Riot Kitty said...

hey! It's over! It just sucked because they were letting other people over the bridge - just not our walkers. So there was some wondering if it was because some of them were mentally ill.