Thanks for coverage, which helps caregivers

The positive aspect of the “power of the press” was never proven more visibly than the 30 phone calls we at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Snohomish County received after your Jan. 22 article, “Class helps families caring for mentally ill.” Those phone calls represented more than 42 people looking to avail themselves of NAMI’s Family-to-Family classes detailed in the article; more calls are coming in every day.

I just wanted to thank you and your staff (particularly Sharon Salyer) for the visibility you gave to this keystone program offered by NAMI in support of family caregivers with a loved one with a mental illness. I offer this thank you on behalf of these people, who by participating in this program, will be better educated and enabled to take better care of themselves and their afflicted family members or friends. The response to your article shows the overwhelming need for these kinds of programs in Snohomish County and NAMI Snohomish County is very pleased to be able to offer them, free of charge, to those wanting to participate.

Jim Bloss


NAMI Snohomish County

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