Mental Wellness

Does NAMI Know About NAMI?

For twenty-five years I’ve known about the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). Since 1977, they’ve been educating people and fighting stigma. They organize support groups for people with mental health issues and for their families. The group I attended was important in letting me realize I needed both a mood stabilizer and an antidepressant.

Last year I was driving to pick up our child from school when I saw a commercial van in front of me. The letters NAMI were prominent. I began to laugh at the absurdity. It was a Wisconsin engineering company named North American Mechanical, Inc. I kept wondering, does NAMI know about NAMI? And vice-versa? The joke goes both ways.

This made me think about the WWF vs WWF case. World Wildlife Fund did not want to be association with the World Wrestling Federation. Might have been good advertising to have the animals in wrestling poses… The WWF won a lawsuit to have rights to the acronym, that’s why second is now World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Funny thing about acronyms, they can mean more than one thing. I share the initials of Royal Crown Cola. “RC is me.” A friend of mine does too, although with different names from mine.

What acronyms have double meanings for you?

Happy Manic Monday! –Rebecca

NAMI Truck Photo: Rebecca Cuningham