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Your are not alone in this fight

Spread the word! “You are not alone in this fight” when it comes to mental illness.

Our goal is to raise $300,000 by Dec. 31, 2012. Your donations help NAMI provide free education and support programs, publish reports and provide resources for people in need.

This year we’re asking you to share your story to inspire hope and break down stigma everywhere.

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Rachel's Story

I was diagnosed at 13 with depression, and at 14 it became clear that I was Bipolar. Things went downhill very quickly, I couldn't attend high school and ended up in ECT (Electro convulsive therapy) which saved my life. I pulled things together through congnative and traditional therapy along with medication. But when I went away to college I suffered from PTSD due to a sexual assault and came home in pieces. College at home went badly too. I went off my meds and ended up hospitalized with a suicide event. Eventually I found the strength to move on, and now am happily married with 2 beautiful kids. I am bipolar and always will be but it doesn't define who i am as a human being. It is a part of me, but not all I am.


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