As stated in this article in Psychiatric Times, mental health conditions are highly prevalent in homeless populations. Recently, a NAMI NC affiliate decided to make a difference with this part of their community.

With the help of a grant from the Southern Vision Alliance’s Frontlines Fund and additional generous donations, the NAMI South Mountains affiliate provided fifty backpacks for those who are homeless in their area. Each backpack was filled with items such as hand sanitizer, masks, handwarmers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, snacks, and a hand-cranked three-in-one radio/flashlight/charger. After the success of this initiative, the affiliate is planning to do a similar effort in Burke county in the near future.

Kudos to NAMI South Mountains president Diane Krisanda (pictured above) and her team of volunteers that worked on this project as well as their on-going support of all those affected by mental illness in Burke, Cleveland, Gastonia, Lincoln, Polk, and Rutherford counties.