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.


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.”


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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