Paul Damron, care management director at the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health Recovery Services Board, talks with a passerby Wednesday at the NAMImobile. The NAMImobile is part of a bus tour by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio and the Mental Illness-No Discrimination Movement (MIND).
The bus tour will be making 100 stops around Ohio, mostly in smaller cities and towns. The first stop on the tour is Delaware. “We view the bus as kind of a moving billboard,” said spokesperson Katie Dillon.
NAMI estimates 2.9 million Ohians experience a mental health disorder in the average year, and many face discrimination and a stigma surrounding mental health issues that can “negatively influence a person’s decision to seek treatment,” said NAMI Ohio Executive Director Terry Russell. “Lack of treatment can result in hospitalization, loss of employment, court involvement, homelessness or, worse, death.”