Paige Hemmis isn’t the only member of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition family to use mental health struggles and star power to bring about mental health awareness and education.

Designer Ty Pennington, who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when he was 17 years old, participated in NAMIWalks NYC 2009, NAMI New York City Metro’s NAMIWalks event this past Saturday.

If you’re a NAMI member or live in a city that has a NAMI affiliate or support group, you’re probably familiar with NAMIWalks, the annual events held throughout the nation to help raise mental health health awareness and funds for mental health research, education, support, and advocacy.

NAMIWalks NYC 2009 certainly wasn’t Pennington’s first venture into the world of mental health awareness and advocacy. In 2007 he launched Art*Design*Home*Design (ADHD – get it?), a trendy furniture boutique in Venice, California (of course, I have no idea what’s become of this store as the website doesn’t work and I’ve read about some possible unfortunate legal and financial situations), and he’s also presented ADHD scholarships and spoken with students enrolled in Sherwood Middle School’s Bridge Program for students with mental and behavioral issues such as ADHD.

If you’re interested in joining your area’s NAMI, you can search for the closest affiliation or support group in your state. Don’t have one nearby? Contact your state’s NAMI to find out how to get one started!

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