The Hats of Mental Illness – 11/3/2013

At this years NAMI Walk in Phoenix, there was a hat contest. Many people wore fun hats, silly hats, themed hats, and regular hats, and I’m going to share my favorites with you today.

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The Recovery Gnomes.

“Our son is schizoaffective. We moved to AZ from NC to take care of him. After a year and a half, he was able to move out and live on his own again. He’s 26 now.”

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The Recovery Gnomes.

The Recovery Gnomes are on Facebook!

DSC_0191They used to soak hats in mercury to make them stiff. Being exposed that way made the hatters go “mad.” Hence, the Mad Hatter.

DSC_0201This participant oversees behavioral health through Maricopa County [AZ]. He’s a licensed consultant and has been doing this since 1999.

DSC_0263Krysta works in Peer Support. She has Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety.

DSC_0291[L] is an RN student who has a female family member with anxiety & depression.
[M] “I’m a nursing student.”
~Are you planning on going into mental health?~
“No, I want to work with babies!”
~Do you have friends or family with mental illness?~
“My mother and sister.”
~What illnesses do they have?~
“Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia.”
[R] Laura has depression, and is “1/2 a nurse.”

DSC_0330“One of the sponsors is my neighbor. I think there shouldn’t be stigma [around mental illness].”

Mental Illness has many faces. Get help. Help a loved one. Stop the stigma, and spread knowledge.

(All photos taken by Rory.)

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