As the title reads, I am absolutely grateful for NAMI. For those unfamiliar, NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is a nationwide, non-profit advocacy group that helps people with mental illness by providing resources; both emergency and otherwise from support programs to housing and policy advocation. NAMI has come through for me in a really big way by getting me into long term, supportive housing partially financed through Housing and Urban Development (HUD.) NAMI owns and operates affordable housing for people with mental illness and I am so grateful to finally be able to move into one of the units.
The unit I will be moving into is shared housing where I will have two other roommates but my own bedroom. I further lucked out in that the unit that became available is the master bedroom with a private bathroom. So I would just need to share the common living areas like the kitchen, dining, and living rooms. This is perfectly okay with me as the unit will be very affordable and allow me to keep more of my money per month. The unit includes the cost of all utilities except for internet and television as they are considered luxury items.
I think I will be moving in effective March 1st as the leases always begin on the 1st of the month. This is both a huge relief to me and my family. It takes a large burden off of my family and gives me housing stability for the long term. This is a huge concern for me because a cousin of mine committed suicide and his mental illness was almost exactly the same as mine. We both presented the same outward symptoms. He could have been my mirror image. I need to make certain that I have all of the services that I need for long term living from psychiatric to regular healthcare to a roof over my head. I do not know what work I will be able to do or sustain right now so its imperative that I have a long term plan.
People with mental illness need to have a long term plan and this was really brought home to roost from the folks at the partial hospitalization program. NAMI has been instrumental in helping me get the services that I so badly needed and ongoing support in peer recovery groups. In fact, I am looking forward to tonight’s NAMI Delaware meeting and potentially sharing the good news. Usually when it is my turn to share, I do not really have good news so this is a nice turn of events.