Volunteer Spotlight: Alisha Wells
A Conversation with Alisha
1.What volunteer positions have you done or currently do in NAMI?
- I volunteer on the board, chair the education committee, co-facilitate the Connections group at UO, and co-facilitate the LGBTQIA+ Connections group at LCBH
- What keeps your inspired in your volunteer role at NAMI?
- The people I meet in and through NAMI is what keeps me inspired in my volunteer roles. It never ceases to amaze me how passionate folks are about what they do and how much strength they give to others. I look forward to Connections group every week because I know it’s a safe place to share, learn, and grow. In a world of stigma and misunderstanding NAMI is a refuge from both internal and external storms.
- Do you have a favorite quote or expression about Mental Health?
- “Don’t be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others.” Society has somehow taught many of us to be ashamed of our experiences with mental illness. I think it’s important to always remember that we are not alone, and through sharing our stories we all become stronger.
- Why would you recommend others to volunteer at NAMI?
- To be a part of a positive, sustainable solution that promotes the well-being and respect of individuals connected to mental illness and recovery.