Sunday, January 23, 2011

A request

First of all - a shout out to Green Tea MN, who wrote a very thoughtful post about mental health care and the lack of it in this country, and also plugged my event, AND then sent a donation.

Last year, a number of you were kind enough to support an event I put on at work - specifically, a walk to raise money to help us keep on the lights, and help us send the message that mental health care is important.

Like many others, our state is looking at unprecedented budget cuts, which means more people in crisis will be turning to my organization, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon, for help.

Everything we do is offered free of charge: mental health referrals, support groups for individuals living with mental illness, and their families, education classes that empower and inform.

This is a personal cause for me: mental illness of varying degrees runs through my family. I have lived with anxiety since I was 6, and have had times of severe depression my entire adult life. I have been blessed with the support of loving family and friends, and the access to services I needed.

But many people have neither - and by supporting this cause, you help us change that.

My walk team is named for my late, dear friend Ward, a kind soul and a friend to all who knew him. Ward never received proper mental health care and I am walking and raising money in his honor, to help NAMI Oregon fulfill its mission of improving the lives of people living with mental illness and their loved ones.

As always, we never share your information with any other agency, and we never add you to our own donation or mail lists. Ninety percent of the money raised stays right here where you send it.

You can go directly to this link to make a donation, or if you prefer to send a check, leave me a comment with your e-mail address.

Any donation will make a difference. $5 or $10 would be great! Thank you, and wish me luck! (Lucky is already helping...see above.)


Senorita said...

Not just in OR, but in CA too. For some reason, mental health isn't seen as important in this country.

LL Cool Joe said...

I've lost your address. (((oo)))

Mama Zen said...

No one cares about mental health until something appalling highlights the tragic results of lack of care.

NAMI is an excellent organization!

Aliceson said...

I can't donate as much as I would like but every little bit helps, right? Good luck, RK!

Lynn said...

I'll be glad to do that. Such important work you are doing.

Lulú said...

E-mail me your address, Chica. I can't believe I don't ever jot it down!!

Riot Kitty said...

Hey thanks everyone...Joey and Lulu, I've e-mailed you my address.

Senorita and MZ: You are so right, unfortunately.

Darth Weasel said...

wishing you luck and many donations on this one

Alpha Za said...

Good luck! May your coffers be full and your feet not hurt. :)

Logical Libby said...

Walk on, RK. Thanks for fighting what so few people do... I'm going to go take my meds now.

John McElveen said...

Praying for Donations to increase beyond measure! What a worthy cause!

Good Luck and God Bless you RK!!!


Riot Kitty said...

A second round of thanks!

And thanks to those who are able to donate, too.

Boonie S said...

I wish you good luck with this.

All the best, Boonie