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Sarah’s Story

Coming to NAMI Greater Toledo changed Sarah Bradish’s outlook on life. Participating as a Creative Expressions leader and NAMIWalks volunteer, she battles her own mental illness. Before NAMI came into her life, Sarah was not allowed to work for two years due to her mental health. After one year at NAMI, she gained her self confidence back.

“I proved to myself that I could volunteer and participate on a weekly basis. I proved to doctors and myself that I can properly deal with my illness, stressors and life in order to return to work.”

NAMI Greater Toledo helped Sarah go back to work part time and she is so grateful for it.

When asked how NAMI impacted her life, she just said, “A lot.” Sarah went on to explain how she used to attend our Monday night support groups and soaked up all of the information she could. She began volunteering at art support groups, learned even more by implementing at home what she facilitated and saw her mental health improving.

“I proved to myself that I could be consistent….I pass on all the information I learned from NAMI to family and friends that need it.”

Sarah participates in our annual NAMIWalk to, “Kick the stigma of mental health, to let people know that it’s okay to get help, to use NAMI’s resources and to spread awareness about mental health.”

Sarah believes she improved immensely and would not be back at work if it weren’t for NAMI.

“Working with everyone is awesome. The people at NAMI are so sweet and helpful. It’s a great place with great resources in a great community. They focus on our community and helping us. That is what I really like about NAMI. They’re national but they also help out immediate community.”

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Brooke Crockett is a third year student at the Ohio State University with an anticipated graduation of May 2020. She is majoring in Strategic Communication and double-minoring in Professional Writing and Nonprofit Studies. She is the current marketing/PR intern for NAMI Greater Toledo.