Dear Friend of NAMI Queens/Nassau
My name is David Sills, NAMI Queen/Nassau Board President, and I am contacting you on behalf of NAMI Queens/Nassau. For those of you who don’t know us, NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness and our organization helps thousands of people who are struggling with mental health issues, right here in Nassau and Queens Counties.
For over 40 years we have been helping your friends, neighbors and perhaps even your family member who struggles with mental health issues.
While many would like to pretend that the mental health crisis in America doesn’t affect us, the truth is that nearly 580,000 adults in Queens and Nassau Counties lives with a mental health condition and over 118,000 of those people have a serious mental health condition.
Unfortunately because of the fear of stigma and a lack of education and treatment our mental health crisis is costing lives. In the past year nearly 200 people died by suicide in Queens and Nassau and statistics show that 90% of the people who die by suicide have an underlying mental health condition.
HOW Do We Help?
NAMI Queens/Nassau is committed to building better lives and ensuring dignity and respect for those affected by mental illness through support, education and advocacy. We have helped hundreds of families to cope and understand the struggles that their loved ones are going through and we have given them the tools to aid in their recovery through education programs like Family to Family.
In the past year our Unites program, has provided a judgement free sanctuary for some of the 115,000 people struggling with a serious mental health condition by participating in socialization activities ranging from movie nights to creative writing and so many other things that address the loneliness and isolation so many member of our community experience.
With 17% of High School students seriously considering suicide, the need for our Ending the Silence (ETS) program has never been greater. In 2019 NAMI Queens/Nassau educators delivered more than 40 presentations to thousands of High School students. By bring ETS into the classroom, we helped the nearly 20% of HS students experiencing a mental health condition understand and cope with their condition. Moreover, ETS helps students recognize suicide warning signs and helps them understand what to do if they recognize these signs in themselves or a classmate.
Your Support Can Change Lives!
As you consider how to make your charitable investments at this time of the year, we hope you will consider making a donation to NAMI Queens/ Nassau. We are a nonprofit 501 c-3 organization that runs completely on the generosity of people like you! With a $25 donation, you can help a member of our community enjoy a Unites program for an evening. A $50 donation, can help someone struggling with drug dependency and mental health issues join a support group. For $500 you can sponsor our Ending the Silence program for an entire High School. And for $1,000 you can sponsor a family, so they can participate in our 3 month Family to Family course.
How do I know my money is being put to good use?
NAMI Queens-Nassau is a 501.c.3 Charitable Organization. “The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), the nation’s leading charity watchdog, awarded NAMI an A+ for its cost-effective charitable spending and fundraising practices.” NAMI is certified by the National BBB Better Business Bureau as meeting accountability standards.
How can I donate today?
The easiest way to make your tax-deductible contribution to NAMI Queens/Nassau, is by visiting our website at https://namiqn.org/donate_now/. If you prefer, please make your check out to NAMI Queens/Nassau and mail it to:
1981 Marcus Avenue, Suite C-117
Lake Success, New York 11042
In closing , I can tell you as a NAMI Board member for over 7 years, all of us at NAMI do this work because we care deeply about our community and celebrate the courage of people who live with mental health disorders and who strive to live stigma-free lives daily. With your help, we can continue to be a beacon of hope for thousands of your friends, neighbors and family members.
With grateful appreciation for generosity, I remain;
President, NAMI Queens/Nassau