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siriusBy Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP

Littman Krooks is proud to sponsor NAMIWalks Westchester. Team LK will virtually walk with NAMIWalks Your Way on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:00AM.

I am honored to lead our virtual walk team – Team LK: Marion’s Marchers. Our work at Littman Krooks is aligned to NAMI’s work in helping individuals with mental health concerns-from youth to elderly. We work to help families ensure that their loved ones have the right legal protections, services and public benefits.

Team LK invites all to participate in the Virtual Walk and join the team on May 30 beginning at 10:00AM.  What should you do?  This is up to you.  Meditate, go for a walk, hug someone in your quarantined family. Take a moment just to breathe. NAMI Westchester will share videos and pictures you can watch to be part of a community.

walkers-4-cropThe work of NAMI Westchester is important to me. I believe that advocating for those with mental health conditions is a social justice movement to help those disenfranchised, isolated and misunderstood. I have been involved with NAMIWalks  for four years and have attended rain or shine.  At each walk I attend, I am awed and inspired by the kind and strong individuals I meet who are often battling devastating mental health conditions or moving mountains to support family. I also serve as a NAMI Westchester Board Member.

The work and support is essential. The United States has a public health crisis, as suicide is now the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 34. The effects of mental health conditions are devastating for families and for society. Depression, for example, is the leading disability worldwide. Now with COVID-19, the difficulties are even greater for all. NAMI offers the kind of understanding  that only those who have lived the experience of mental illness can provide.

Here are just five reasons to support NAMI Westchester and join us.

  1. NAMI works to end the pervasive and undeserved stigma that our society still perpetuates for  individuals with mental health disorders. Mental health affects everyone and is part of the human condition. NAMI understands that, with treatment and services, individuals with mental health concerns can lead  fulfilled and productive lives.  I have found that those with mental health conditions can be the brightest, most sensitive individuals.  Many simply feel so much and are deeply sensitive to the hurt and trauma of the world.   At Littman Krooks, we work to end stigma for our clients, which leads to isolation, decline and inappropriate services.
  2. NAMI works to educate youth on mental health and suicide prevention,  though the Ending the Silence Program in schools and community centers.   We have lost too many sensitive individuals to suicide.  The loss his heartbreaking. I have volunteered as a presenter this year and the work is essential.  At Littman Krooks, we work tirelessly to help young people at risk of suicide obtain appropriate educational and community services.
  3. NAMI, like no other organization, provides an essential public health service by providing resources and help to families in supporting loved ones. In a mental health system based on community services, there is often no community.   We applaud NAMI’s commitment to build a community of hope for all those in need through support groups and activities, helps piece together and create a community for vulnerable individuals. At Littman Krooks, we work to help families navigate services and to obtain appropriate public benefits.
  4. NAMI advocates for changes in the law and increased access to services, treatment, support and research.  At Littman Krooks, we advocate and work for changes in the law.
  5. NAMI is made up of hopeful, bright and sensitive volunteers.  Join us!

NAMI offers the kind of understanding  that only those who have lived the experience of mental illness can provide.

Here is a link to our LK Team page: https://www.namiwalks.org/participant/Marion-Walsh