This past summer, NAMI Marin hosted its summer storytelling series. The series featured individuals with lived experiences in mental illness, suicide or substance abuse in an environment of compassion, respect, non-judgment and support. This fall, NAMI will kick off the “No Shame Project” which aims to reduce stigma further by documenting these stories and giving them a forum to be heard.
“‘No Shame’ dovetails beautifully with NAMI Marin’s Storytelling Project,” said Lou Enge, executive director, Program Manager Family Support and Education, NAMI Marin County. “It’s a reminder to be caring and thoughtful in our daily interactions because we may not know the full story.”
NAMI Marin is in the process of recruiting storytellers who will participate in a six-week
training program that begins in mid-October. Upon completion of the course they’ll be ready to tell their stories in-person and via virtual formats. The goal is to produce eight to 10 video clips with stories that NAMI will host on their website and make available for various educational opportunities by early 2023.
The program is supported by Mental Health Services Act funding through the County of Marin’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services division. For more information, visit namimarin.org.