Share Your Story

Sharing our personal stories of recovery and hope can be one powerful way to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Telling our stories helps us, as individuals and families, when we are dealing with the challenges related to serious illness in the family. It can also be personally empowering and therapeutic for the storyteller. Share your story and a photo with NAMI Albuquerque, and we may feature it on our web site and/or in an upcoming issue of our Challenger Newsletter!

Suggested Questions to Consider

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Terms & Conditions (Must Read)







I Understand and Agree:

1) NAMI requires strict confidentiality from program participants.   Streaming audio/video to homes presents the hazard of being inappropriately observed or heard by others in the house hold. 

2) If confidentiality is violated that participant will be banned from future meetings. 

3) I will hold harmless NAMI, NAMI New Mexico, it’s affiliates, its officers, directors, employees and volunteers from all claims arising out of or related to my access to or participation in any classes or meetings in which I choose to participate.

4) I will hold harmless NAMI, NAMI New Mexico, its officers, directors, employees and volunteers from all claims arising out of or related to my choosing to rely on any information provided or shared during such classes or meetings.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: By checking "I Agree," I grant permission to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Albuquerque and NAMI New Mexico to use this written story of myself, and any images (if provided), in publications or electronic forms of media or on NAMI Albuquerque's and/or NAMI New Mexico’s web sites and social media, and to offer them for use or distribution in other publications, electronic or otherwise, without notifying me. I also acknowledge that I own all content, including images, that I have provided.

These are just a few questions to ponder that might help you create your story
1. What was life like before you or your loved one started experiencing mental health symptoms?
2. What cultural background (s), ethnicity (ies) or race (s) do you identify with?
3. What were the symptoms and how did they affect your life, work, family & relationships?
4. What was the diagnosis and how did you react when the diagnosed was given?
5. How did you come to accept your diagnosis and treatment options?
6. What does recovery look like for you or your loved one today?
7. How did your family, friends and loved ones react to the diagnosis?
8. In general, how does your community view mental illness?
9. What efforts have you made to educate others about mental health?
10. Are you a NAMI member? If so, what affiliate? Where does NAMI fit in your recovery story?

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: By checking "I Agree," I grant permission to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Albuquerque and NAMI New Mexico to use this written story of myself, and any images (if provided), in publications or electronic forms of media or on NAMI Albuquerque's and/or NAMI New Mexico’s web sites and social media, and to offer them for use or distribution in other publications, electronic or otherwise, without notifying me. I also acknowledge that I own all content, including images, that I have provided.