NAMI NJ members and special guests gathered virtually on Saturday, July 18,2020 to celebrate organization’s 35th Anniversary and to recognize the extraordinary work of NAMI affiliates, programs, providers, and collaborators. I was invited to read my poem “My Survival Story” as First Position Winner at NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Poetry Contest 2020. Jacquese Armstrong, NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Coordinator, was also awarded “NAMI NJ EXPRESSIVE ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARD”.
Over 30 distinguished awards were presented to exemplary leaders in the mental health movement who have been dedicated to the mental health cause in the past year and beyond, including the timely response to the community’s unique challenges during the pandemic.
NAMI New Jersey (NAMI NJ) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Through education, support, advocacy and public awareness programs NAMI NJ fosters understanding about mental illness, confronts stigma often associated with mental disorders.
Here is the link for the 2020 NAMI NJ Virtual Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony. I’m reading my winning poem at the 1:37:09 time mark.The reading featured the Top 3 winners of the contest.It was an absolute honor and delight to space with fellow winners.