NAMI at Symposium

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEvery year, the Symposium features a special charity, offering steampunks the chance to enjoy giving back. This year’s charity is NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

NAMI works to spread awareness about a wide spectrum of mental illnesses, ranging from depression, to bipolar disorder, to schizophrenia. Volunteers work with schools, communities, and other partners to ensure public education about these invisible diseases.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Those suffering from mental illness can find links to important websites and community support groups through NAMI’s website, and NAMI offers special courses for friends and family members to learn about the challenges their loved ones face, and the ways they can help.

This weekend, you can find the NAMI table next to the Tardis just outside the vending hall. Volunteers are happy to accept donations, and for a donation of $5, you can have your picture taken with the Doctor’s most faithful companion.

Tor Books, Unbreakable Umbrella, and our incredibly generous vendors have donated items for a raffle benefiting NAMI as well, so be sure to swing by and see what finery is available!

To learn more about NAMI, be sure to check out their website.

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