NAMI Hernando (National Alliance on Mental Illness) was chosen as a recipient of the Pay It Forward Project by the students of Gulf Coast Academy and Gulf Coast Middle Schools. Through several individual and group fundraising efforts, the students raised $1,431.70 to support NAMI Hernando and the residents of our community living with mental illness.
NAMI Hernando invited the students to the Beautiful Mind Center for a pizza party to thank them for their efforts and the students decorated the center for the holidays.
“I am so moved by the compassion of these students,” said Joanne Schoch, Executive Director of NAMI Hernando. “They showed an amazing understanding of the importance of mental health and the need to offer support and services to those living with mental illness.”
“Helping out NAMI Hernando was important to me as my mother is affected by mental illness, and I wanted to help out this organization in honor of her.,” said student Gabrielle. “I feel as if many people need to become more aware on mental illness, how it affects families, and especially how it affects those diagnosed with it. The younger generation, including myself, should bring awareness to mental illness, and it all starts by starting at home.”
“Gabrielle’s participation in the program was wonderful, as it helped many people and their families affected by mental illness in Hernando County,” said Gabrielle’s mother. “I as her mother fully support her participation in the program to help NAMI Hernando.”
Attached Photo: Left to right, front row: Tiffany Egli, Geri Anderson, Heather Phillips Second Row: Ethan Egli, Lisa Anderson, Gabrielle Anderson, Kara Peters, Cheryl Peters, Rayna Phillips and Aiden Phillips
For more information, please call NAMI Hernando at 352-684-0004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About NAMI Hernando
NAMI Hernando is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is “to promote mental health awareness in our community through education, advocacy and outreach while improving the quality of life toward recovery for all who are living with mental illness, their families and their supporters.”
The office at NAMI Hernando’s Beautiful Mind Center is open Monday–Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There are free day and evening group meetings and classes for consumers dealing with mental health issues and separate group meetings and classes for family members who care for a loved one struggling with mental health issues.