I am a board member for NAMI Virginia and newly appointed fundraising chair. I did a panel event about mental health earlier this year, hosted by Markel Corporation employee Deborah and Mary A. Deborah told her mental health story for the first time and it was incredible and brave and her co-workers were in disbelief that the person they see as so together had struggled with addiction and mental health issues.
Later that year, Markel sponsored the NAMI virtual walk. I introduced Portia, one of the staff at NAMI Virginia, to my Markel contact which resulted in a $50k donation to NAMI National, $10k of which will go to NAMI Virginia as was their company policy. So few corporations have the guts to support mental health, going instead for something less stigmatized. During this pandemic, services have been more in demand and more important than ever. We’re so grateful for this generous donation. Thank you Markel Corporation.