Stacy Helfstein became involved with NAMI-NYC because of her passion for breaking down the stigma around mental illness, and her desire to support those living with mental illness and their family members. This passion came out of her work as a social worker, and her personal mental health journey. She created the LOVE project with her friend and artist, April Stewart Klausner. They designed a hat and a sweatshirt to raise mental health awareness. The proceeds from the sale of these pieces go to NAMI-NYC.
Stacy received her Bachelor of Social Work from Syracuse University and Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, with a concentration in Health and Mental Health. After graduating from Columbia, she worked at the Jewish Guild for the Blind’s Continuing Day Treatment Center. Stacy is actively involved with the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, City of David, Planned Parenthood of NYC, UJA Federation of New York, and on The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Board of Visitors.
NAMI-NYC’s social media campaign #IWillListen has become an important mantra to Stacy. “Saying ‘I will listen’ means first listening to yourself and loving yourself enough to get help. By helping ourselves, we can then help others. During my mental health journey, I found NAMI-NYC through my doctor. Given my background as a social worker in mental health and now my personal journey, she suggested getting involved. I loved the idea. I went home, did my research, met all the amazing people at NAMI-NYC and the rest is history! I was proud to serve as the Seeds of Hope Gala Chair in 2019 and 2020 where we raised a record $800K both years for NAMI-NYC.”