The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) is an organization partnered with many schools around the globe to change the way the world sees mental illnesses. And now, thanks to English teacher Cheryl Zepp and school counselor Tina Maier, the organization has come to Pinewood. The new club is officially named the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Club at Pinewood. Both teachers have used information NAMI provides as a resource for introducing the club to Pinewood. Living in the San Francisco Peninsula can induce “tremendous pressure” on students to be the best at everything, said Maier.
At Pinewood, the goal of this club is to normalize mental illnesses or “to remove the stigma,” Maier said. For now, the club meets every other Friday at lunch. During meetings, members are trying to establish goals and leaders. At Jamboree, the group had a booth selling ribbons in the Alliance’s official neon green.