NAMI Mississippi celebrates 30 years of helping those who battle mental illness

NAMI MS Celebrates 30 years

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - NAMI Mississippi, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is celebrating 30 years of service in this state.

Dr. Susan Buttross of UMMC is recognized as Doctor of the Year during NAMI MS gala. (Source: WLBT)
Dr. Susan Buttross of UMMC is recognized as Doctor of the Year during NAMI MS gala. (Source: WLBT)

The group at its annual gala Thursday night recognized those who work as advocates, educators, doctors, and researchers in mental illness.

Award winning cartoonist Marshall Ramsey was also recognized. (Source: WLBT)
Award winning cartoonist Marshall Ramsey was also recognized. (Source: WLBT)

Among those who were honored, award winning cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, Dr. Susan Buttross, who is a professor of pediatrics, chief of the Division of Child Development and Behavioral Pediatrics, and medical director of the CAY (Center for the Advancement of Youth) Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Pastor Tonya Ware was recognized with the Change Champion Award. (Source: WLBT)
Pastor Tonya Ware was recognized with the Change Champion Award. (Source: WLBT)

Pastor Tonya Ware was recognized as a Change Champion. She died on her bathroom floor from a heart condition and was revived.

Wendy Bailey received the Visionary Leadership Award. She is the Chief of Staff for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health

The executive Director of NAMI Mississippi, Tameka Tobias says the organization helps those dealing with mental illness throughout the state.

“We’re a grassroots non-profit organization and we serve those individuals living with a mental illness as well as their family members. We stand in the gap, we serve as a voice for the individuals. We also partner in the community to get rid of stigma", said Tobias.

Dr. Brad Smith received the Excellence in Mental Health First Aid Community Impact Award. (Source: WLBT)
Dr. Brad Smith received the Excellence in Mental Health First Aid Community Impact Award. (Source: WLBT)

A total of 14 people were honored Thursday night. According to NAMI Mississippi, there are more than 20 thousand people in the state whose lives are touched by mental illness.

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