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Friday Glenwood Vaudeville show benefits NAMI

The Friday show for the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue this week serves as a fundraiser for a local group that is working in the Roaring Fork Valley to raise awareness and offer support for those suffering from mental illness.

The Roaring Fork chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) was formed recently. According to the group’s literature, NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization “dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.”

Locally, that’s done by collaborating with other groups, such as Mind Springs Health, the Aspen Hope Center and the Aspen Strong Foundation to provide outreach and training for individuals, including emergency personnel, to help them deal with people who are in crisis.

Roaring Fork NAMI also organizes a variety of free programs and support services for those dealing with mental illness. Those include single-session, peer-led support groups, and multiweek “Family to Family” and “Peer to Peer” programs.

On the education and outreach front, the group organizes and hosts free public forums as part of its “In Your Own Voice” program, which invites people who live with mental illness to share their stories of struggle, hope and recovery.

“In Your Own Voice unmasks mental illness, using speaker stories to illustrate the individual realities of living with mental illness,” according to the local chapter’s description of the program. “You gain a better understanding of what it is like to live with mental illness and stay in recovery.”

The programs can also serve to “change attitudes, preconceived notions and stereotypes regarding mental illness.”

The Vaudeville Revue often works with local nonprofit and charitable organizations to dedicate certain performance nights as fundraisers. Tickets for the Friday NAMI event are $25 for the show, with food and a full bar available.

For more information about the event or about NAMI, contact Anika Neal at 970-618-7770, Lynn at 970-618-2574, or email namirfv@gmail.com.


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