Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines hope as "desire accompanied by expectation of fulfillment or success." Hope is a word we throw around frequently at NAMI. We even use the
One convention attendee, Susan from Illinois, defined hope as "never giving up," while according to Dana from Washington D.C., "Hope is different for everyone and hope changes frequently as our reality changes." In describing the NAMI movement, I heard reference made to "the tsunami that is NAMI." That led me to think that maybe hope is an army of advocates who are determined to reach positive outcomes, who share their skills and volunteer (sometimes to the point of exhaustion) to offer education, advocacy, support and awareness to all who need it. It took a flight to New Orleans and 4 days at the NAMI National Convention, but I finally figured it out. I can define hope in just a few simple words - hope is the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Written by Nikki Rashes