Local non-profit raising mental health awareness

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Monday night, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Brazos Valley hosted a rally to raise awareness about resources in the community.

Jessica Dickinson, a local teen, shared her journey with depression and bipolar disorder. She says she was just 14-years-old when her mental illness took over.

"I was in a very, depressive, angry, suicidal spot in my life to where I wanted to take my own life,” said Dickinson.

Dickinson says thanks to groups like NAMI, she was able to seek help. She hopes others find comfort in doing the same.

"I want people to know there are resources here in the Brazos Valley that are here to help you out if you have those issues. I am a personal experience of that,” said Dickinson.

NAMI Brazos Valley is hosting its first-ever NAMI Walk October 5 at the RELLIS Campus in Bryan.

The non-profit is asking for people to sign up and help raise money for the cause.

"That will go towards the NAMI Brazos Valley, which will also do outreach for our education and support for Brazos Valley,” said Summer Smith, Executive Director of NAMI Brazos Valley.

For more information on how you can create a team or volunteer click here