NAMI of Davidson County
1 in 4 Americans have been diagnosed with some sort of mental illness. Robin Nobling, the Executive Director at NAMI of Davidson County, the local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says that mental illness knows no boundaries of age, gender, income, or race, and that everyone has their own mental troubles; the point where it crosses over to illness is all about how you cope with it. Robin says what makes mental illness so hard to deal with is that the patient’s mind is giving them the signal that what they’re experiencing is normal; it’s only the friends and loved ones that can see what’s really going on. She also addresses the social stigma around the illness, its ties with addiction and prisons, NAMI’s classes and support groups, and how recovery IS possible. For more, go to NAMIDavidson.org.