Rebecca Thompson, Office Support Staff
My family member had just been diagnosed with bipolar illness and I desperately needed to learn about his illness. My world had been severely shaken, so I also needed to find support and hope. My needs were answered when I saw a newspaper notice of an upcoming “Family-to-Family” class offered (for free!) by NAMI Thurston/Mason.
I was so grateful for the help I had received; I felt a need to give back by becoming a NAMI member and volunteer. I was on the Board for many years, and now work in the T/M office. And after 16 years, NAMI continues to be a source of education, support, and hope for me… and many others.
Hi, my name is Sue Allen.
I was on the Board of Directors for 7 years and now I’m on staff as the Project and Media Specialist.
I am a mental health peer with lived experience and a mother of 3 all living with their own mental health issues. I have also worked in the mental health field for over 20 years.
I joined NAMI about 8 years ago when it started opening up to those of us with lived experience. I believed that this would bring a new dimension to the organization and it has.
The people on the NAMI Thurston Mason Board welcomed me with open arms and I’m grateful for their friendship.
I am proud of the programs and support we give to the Thurston Mason communities and look forward to more programs and projects in the years to come.