The Rev. James L. Gill (Class of 1954) has been named Volunteer of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Maine, at their annual meeting in early September. Father Gill received the award for his longtime commitment to the teaching of the “Family to Family” course. These classes give critical support to family members of the mentally ill by providing guidance on how to understand the behavior of their loved ones, how to communicate with them, as well as practical information on medications and treatment options. In honor of his late wife, Father Gill founded General’s Kay Butler Gill Memorial Lecture in Christian Spirituality, presented each Spring.
With local affiliates across the country, NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, support and research. NAMI is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community for hope for all those in need.