April Member Spotlight

Get to know NAMI member and volunteer Kimberly Labine.

I first heard about NAMI when I was in one of the darkest places in my life. I was in the hospital and someone came to do an In Our Own Voice presentation and it really spoke to me. From there, I started attending NAMI support groups on a regular basis and it was something I used to help me get through the week. I also enrolled in the Peer-to-Peer course and found it very informative and helpful. Then came a period of time in my life when I spent a lot of time in the hospital, so I was unable to attend NAMI. When I returned, I was surrounded by support. I continued to attend support groups on a weekly basis. NAMI support groups gave me ideas on how to cope with the stressors in my life and allowed me to develop friendships that extended even beyond the groups. After all, the group is called Connections and that is exactly what the group has provided for me: a place to connect with other people who knew what I struggled with and could offer me personal experiences and give ideas about how they handled similar situations. Because of NAMI, I have made a lot of great friends who give me a lot of encouragement, both in and out of the groups.

I have also gotten really involved with volunteering for NAMI and am currently a Connections facilitator, a Peer-to-Peer instructor, an In Our Own Voice presenter and a Peer Council member. Volunteering with NAMI has been really important in my life. It has allowed me to share my story with other people and use what I have been through to help others. My story allows me to connect with people in specific ways, and I feel that I’ve been able to offer people hope in their darkest days, just like it was offered to me in mine. It has given my story meaning and really helped me make something out of my recovery. I am thankful for NAMI and everything that it provides to me and to the community.

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