Below is beautiful story of resilience from NAMI San Luis Obispo County Vice President Donna Klein. NAMI SLOCO's Beautiful Minds Rally and Walkathon is tomorrow and funds raised allow NAMI SLOCO to continue serving the community through support groups, educational programs, and advocacy.The event will include a wellness fair, silent auction, speakers, entertainment, and an easy one-mile walk through Meadow Park suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
"My healing and recovery are largely attributed to the invaluable opportunities that NAMI of San Luis Obispo County has provided me.
Prior to being introduced to NAMI's programs, I struggled with chronic depression and anxiety. I received my mental health diagnosis of borderline personality disorder in 2005 - eleven years after losing my beloved late husband to metastatic cancer. As a young widow, I participated in several different bereavement groups and even attended a variety of "Recovery Anonymous" meetings. I continuously found myself lost and confused with these experiences due to the stigma I encountered once it became known in these groups that I was suffering with mental health symptoms. Although it seemed impossible to find at the time, I was in great search of a group that made sense to me and would set me on the path to recovery.
When I first attended NAMI's free "Peer to Peer" group - I instantly knew that I had finally found my place in this world. I was very comfortable being amongst those who had also been highly challenged with symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition to learning so much about mental health and well-being, I developed a wonderful social network of peers to connect with whenever I just needed to "bend an ear" or reach for a compassionate hand. I also discovered that I had a lot to give to others in need of emotional support and encouragement."