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September 02, 2005
Call to Help Mentally ill in New Orleans
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This just in from Carla Jacobs, former NAMI Board member:
I normally do not ask my friends for donations. But the situation for people with psychiatric disorders and their families in the hurricane destroyed states is horrendous. People with mental illness who have been displaced or were homeless initially are even less able to gain access to the relief efforts that are occurring.
As many of you know, I am a past board member for NAMI-national (www.nami.org). NAMI is the nation's largest advocacy organization for people with mental illness and their families. We are grassroots people helping on the grassroots level.
As of today, we are accepting direct contributions to help our members and others with mental illness in the impacted states. Under the guidance of the national office, our affiliates in those states will ASAP disburse those donations directly to the most pressing needs of people with mental illness. Additionally, we will be setting up a webpage for centralized information regarding locations providing immediate psychiatric assistance and as a point of contact for our members attempting to make contact with their relatives and families.
Additionally, Current Board Member Anand Pandya, M.D., Director of Ambulatory & Community Psychiatry from Bellevue Hospital and Co-Founder of Disaster Psychiatry Outreach, is gathering a number of his volunteers who will be ready to travel to the most urgent areas of need.
I'm not asking that you send much--$25 to $100 if you can. But, please help us help some of the people of this disaster who have very special needs that may otherwise be overlooked by mainstream relief efforts.
For immediate relief efforts, please donate by internet at: www.nami.org (click on the donate icon in the upper right hand corner.) Specify in the comment box that the donation is for the "For NAMI Gulf Coast Relief Fund"
Donations may also be mailed to the following address. Please specify they are for the Gulf Coast Relief Fund.
PLEASE SNOWBALL THIS MESSAGE TO ANYONE WHO MIGHT HELP.
Thank you so very much
Posted by szadmin at September 2, 2005 10:34 AM
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