Posted on November 1, 2019
Mac Quene Geyrozaga, RN, has been working at Islands Hospice for one year. He has chosen to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Hawaii chapter, which helps people with mental illness and the families that are affected.
NAMI Hawaii strives to improve the quality of life of individuals and families affected by mental illness through support, education, advocacy and awareness. “Mental illness is very difficult for anyone,” said Mac. “This organization will benefit greatly from this kind of donation to deliver on its mission, vision and goals.”
About 165,000 adults in Hawaii, or 15.5 percent of the population, suffers from depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation and other forms of mental illness. While this number is lower than the national average, Hawaii ranks last in access to mental health treatment. It’s clear that greater support is needed to improve access to care for those who need it.
“We have the discernment to see past a situation and realize a person not by imperfections, but rather unfortunate circumstances. May we provide an understanding heart, rather than a relentless force of corrections,” Mac added. “A mentally ill person may not know. Please be in the know.”