Mayor Recognized for Mental Health Advocacy
August 5, 2013
Albuquerque, NM - Yearly, the state-level of National Alliance on Mental Illness awards one individual the Domenici Family Award. This award is highly regarded and much consideration is put into the recipient. The 2013 NAMI-NM Domenici Family Award in the Individual Community Supporter category is awarded to Mayor Richard J. Berry.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the largest mental health organization in the country with state and local levels within it. NAMI is focused on building better lives for all those affected by mental illness. The organization advocates for access to mental health services, and treatment. NAMI supports all who have been touched by mental illness and supports further research on the subject.
Senator Pete Domenici is a strong proponent for improving mental health care, as is Mayor Berry. Mayor Berry recently hosted a Mental Health Summit to open the dialogue about mental health where Sen. Domenici weighed in on the issue.
"Determining ways to eliminate the stigma and myths surrounding mental illness will be one of the most significant outcomes of Albuquerque's community conversation begun today," Senator Pete Domenici said during a live phone call from Washington, D.C. "I'm proud that my home town is taking a lead in this vital national dialogue."
Albuquerque was one of the leading cities selected for this Mental Health Summit because Mayor Berry had opened the discussion with a conference in the past.
"Albuquerque is poised to lead and we will deliver meaningful results on the topic of mental health. I am honored to be selected for this award," said Mayor Richard J. Berry.
"I nominated Mayor Richard Berry for this award primarily because of his commitment to increasing mental health awareness and services during his administration. He has demonstrated this by his sponsorship of a Summit early in his administration. In February 2011 Mayor Berry launched the Heading Home initiative to address chronic homelessness in the City of Albuquerque. Many in this target population are living with a serious mental illness. This initiative has continued to make progress in housing this fragile population and improving their lives," said Jim Ogle, Vice-President NAMI-ABQ.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.