Support mental health levy

I am writing to express support for the Mental Health & Recovery Renewal Levy. I am a family member and advocate for individuals and families affected by mental health issues. It is important to understand that mental health and recovery issues affect the community at large—families struggle, it affects student behavior at schools, and it impacts business productivity.

According to The National Institutes of Health, mental illness is common: 18.1 percent of U.S. adults live with a mental illness which can range in impact of impairment and 4.2 percent of U.S. adults live with serious mental illness, which substantially interferes with or limits major life activities.

In addition, 20 percent (or 1 in 5) children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.

The Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board has a strong record of providing a safety net of mental health, substance abuse treatment and prevention services in a fiscally responsible manner. Services offered by provider agencies have saved lives, strengthened families and our community.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Delaware & Morrow Counties receives support to offer comprehensive education courses, support groups and educational presentations at no charge to the community who benefits from our programs.

Very proudly, I am writing today to support the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Please vote for the renewal levy on Nov. 8 (no tax increase).

— Karen Hart


NAMI Delaware & Morrow Counties