Dear friends, relatives, neighbors and colleagues:
New Mexico has the highest per-capita rate of mental illness in the country at 24%. More than 400,000 New Mexicans are impacted by this disability. Too many people don’t get the help they need because of the fear of being stigmatized. We need to grow awareness of this issue and we do that by talking to friends, family and co-workers.
- – 6% of adults live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bi-polar disorder
- – 18% of American adults live with anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias
- – 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with a serious mental illness
- – 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness.
These are more than statistics. These are casualties of a broken system. Nothing will change for our friends and families unless we make the change happen. We can make a change by supporting NAMIWalks and the programs of support, education and advocacy that they provide in every community nationwide by committed volunteers at no cost to anyone for anything!
Thank you for your consideration and support of this worthy cause.
Marilyn Salzman, President
National Alliance on Mental Illness
4011 Barbara Loop – Suite 202
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Office/Message Line: 505-990-2292