After serving the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as a volunteer, Martha Brick was hired as manager of the NAMI HelpLine, a toll free number which fields over 4,000 requests each month.
Brick’s previous position on Capitol Hill as supervisor/manager of the US Congressional Telephone Office was great training for her current position. In her capacity on the Hill, she managed 37 people on a switchboard which handled upwards of 35,000 calls a day, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Her career with Congress lasted 26 years, and during that time, she received several letters of commendation from Senators, Congressmen, and the US House Attending Physician, as well as two awards for many years of service.
Brick attended Allegheny College, in Meadville, PA, and received a Bachelors of Arts focusing in Fine Arts. Her first job was at US News & World Report magazine, as an Assistant in the Photographic Department.
Currently, Brick is a fully trained volunteer for the NAMI Family-to-Family program, and is a co-facilitator of a NAMI support group. She was awarded a certificate of appreciation from NAMI Northern Virginia for helping the mental health community in Virginia.