NAMI Affiliate President James Allegretto strongly advocates for the power of positive mental health, and its influence on your daily life. “Everybody has mental health,” he explains, “but it isn’t like what most people think it is.” Mental health is not a static, unchanging state of mind. It constantly changes throughout the day, shifting with your surroundings and circumstances. If you trip and fall down the stairs, your mental health will get worse. If you eat a tasty meal, your mental health will improve. The problem that NAMI looks to address is that people with mental illnesses tend to take longer to recover from mental health setbacks, and need support to start properly recovering in the first place.