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National Alliance of Mental Illness of El Paso to Hold NAMIWalks Kick-Off Breakfast July 19

The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of El Paso will be kicking off its annual mental health walk – NAMIWalks El Paso – via an informational breakfast on July 19th at 8 a.m.

The event will be held at Emergence Health Network headquarters, located at 201 East Main Street in El Paso.

While NAMIWalks is a nationwide event with over 80 walks across the nation throughout the year, this year marks the 8th year of the Walk here in El Paso.

Officials with NAMIWalks El Paso say, “The public, active display of support for those living with mental health conditions is one important way we are changing how El Paso’s view people living with a mental health condition.”

“With the constant conversations in our lives that we have about individuals who have taken their own lives or are struggling, NAMIWalks El Paso hopes to spread a message of hope for those who fear seeking help,” officials added.

While the registration is free for the event, participants are encouraged to raise funds.

All the funds raised from NAMIWalks El Paso stays in the El Paso community and help continue NAMI El Paso’s mission to provide advocacy, public awareness, support and education so that all individuals living with mental health conditions and their families can build better lives.

All of NAMI El Paso’s educational classes and support groups are available at no cost to those who need them. More information about the programs and support that NAMI El Paso offers, is available via the NAMI website.

To register or donate to NAMIWalks El Paso, visit  The walk is scheduled for September 22nd.

Mental Health Support, Treatment Options Offered by ‘Family-to-Family’ Program

Thanks to a nationally-recognized program, El Paso families and care givers are making connections and learning that support and treatment options do exist to help loved ones with mental health conditions.

The program, known as Family-to-Family, teaches concise, empathetic communication with a family member who has a mental health condition. Participants learn how the brain and medications work and learn how to be advocates for their loved one at different levels.

Through Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Think.Change initiative, the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) signature program is available in El Paso.   According to the PdNF’s program website, “the goal of Think.Change is to reduce stigma and negative bias associated with mental illness. Increasing availability of NAMI’s Family-to-Family courses is a leading effort to accomplish the goal.”

Nellie Mendoza, Family-to-Family Coordinator for NAMI El Paso, explains that after attending the classes, “Many of the family members see that there is hope in whatever situation they may be in at that moment in time,” said Mendoza. “There is a common ground at the end of each course, and they start seeing and saying that ‘there is hope’ and that they are ‘not alone.’”

The curriculum helps family members to not only learn about the myths and facts of serious and persistent mental illnesses, but also to understand how the experience of these conditions and the associated negative bias affects their relative.

“The course helps family members deal with the trauma of coping with life and family crises,” Mendoza says. “Families also learn how to reinstate their own life plan as an essential element of self-care, and take collective action to advocate for better treatment and recovery-oriented services for their loved one.”

Enrique Mata, Paso del Norte Health Foundation senior program officer and program lead for the Think.Change initiative, says the Family-to-Family program has consistently demonstrated an ability to reduce stigmas associated with mental illness. The other big success of the program, says Mata, is participants coming out of the classes advocating for the program and helping spread its messages to other families who can use the help and support.

“I have seen families and individuals face anxiety, despair, and hopelessness. I see families in shock, sidetracked by an unfair, relentless, and undiscriminating force. I also see victories, progress, and resolve,” says Mendoza.

Mendoza adds, “There are so many complexities with each story. Thanks to the efforts of NAMI teachers, facilitators, presenters, and staff I see dedicated people performing extraordinary work with kindness, dedication, and compassion. El Paso is truly fortunate to have NAMI programs.”

Since the inception of the Think.Change initiative in 2013, NAMI El Paso has held 27 Family-to-Family classes. Each class has between 15 and 25 participants, with up to three different class groups going on in a single month.

For more information, visit the NAMI El Paso website or call NAMI El Paso directly online or via phone at 915-778-5726, 915-534-5476 or 915-534-5478.