Andréa (Ahn-dray-ah) May is a newer volunteer with NAMI WC. She lives with mental health challenges and has graduated from NAMI’S eight-week Peer-to-Peer education class. Andréa has told her powerful story several times to youth and the general public. Helping others learn more about mental health is her passion.
Why did you decide to get involved with NAMI Washtenaw County?
I decided to get involved with NAMI WC because I was looking for more mental health support in my life and I wanted more knowledge about mental health.
What sort of work do you do as a NAMI WC volunteer?
I am a newer volunteer and I live with several mental health challenges. I’ve shared my story many times with different organizations.
What has your experience as a NAMI WC community member been?
My experience as a member has been wonderful. I feel so much love from everyone. I feel understood. I don’t feel alone. I can relate to so many people. NAMI WC is more than an organization, it’s a family.
What are your hopes and dreams for the future of NAMI and for how approaches to mental health might change?
My hope is that NAMI grows. I know NAMI will continue to help people but I would like to see NAMI flourish throughout my generation and community. I share what NAMI has done for me so others can see what they can do for them too.
Is there anything else you would like to share with other members of the NAMI WC community?
There are too many people in the world struggling with some sort of mental health challenges or they know someone who is struggling. I don’t believe anyone should suffer. Especially if they don’t have to. Don’t forget you are strong for supporting your loved ones. You are strong for asking for help. You are strong for getting the help you need. Don’t ever be ashamed. Thank you.