NAMI Finger Lakes started May 2018 with determination, energy and excitement. With the support of Ithaca’s Mayor Svante Myrick, Buffalo Street Book Store, Tompkins County Public Library, Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT), and local high school students, we are raising awareness and breaking the silence and stigma surrounding mental health issues.
On May 2nd the Mayor read a proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month in the city of Ithaca at the May 2nd Common Council meeting. He invited members of NAMI Finger Lakes to stand with him and share some words. Svante added, “It’s a unique privilege to be able to proclaim whatever I want. It’s the best part about being mayor and this one is a real pleasure.”
NAMI Finger Lakes is also participating in the NAMI-New York State Ribbon Campaign. Upon entering Buffalo Street Bookstore, the first large bookshelf is dedicated to books recommended by NAMI Finger Lakes members. It is framed with the white ribbon with blue and gold print from the Ribbon Campaign and displays NAMI Finger Lakes information. We also have a table in the entrance of Tompkins County Public Library displaying our organization’s brochures and flyers, and a large banner hangs outside its main door facing one of Ithaca’s busiest intersections. In addition, people riding one of the 50 TCAT buses will see large NAMI Mental Health Awareness posters.
We held meetings with Ithaca High School and New Roots Charter School students to initiate a connection with NAMI Finger Lakes. We are inspired by the thoughtful reception from the high school students and see many exciting possibilities to continue our work together.
With the help of these student volunteers, the community will notice posters, banners and campaign ribbons throughout Ithaca. We are excited to be part of the many efforts to broaden the conversation about mental health in our community, and we appreciate all the support from local businesses, organizations, and individuals.
go to https://www.curestigma.org/ and learn what you can do to break the silence and break the stigma. Together we can make a difference!