Daphne G. Grady, of Baton Rouge, was elected secretary of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Veterans and Military Council during the council’s annual convention in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3.

Her election came during the group’s business meeting.

Grady is an active member of the NAMI Baton Rouge chapter, serving as a teacher of family-to-family classes and as a facilitator in family support groups.

Grady is expected to play a key role in developing the council’s ability to serve the NAMI Board of Directors in an advisory capacity, a news release said.

The purpose of the NAMI Veterans and Military Council is to support advocacy and education by NAMI at the federal, state and local levels on mental health policy, educational initiatives and advocacy priorities affecting active duty military, National Guard and Reserve personnel and veterans with serious mental illnesses and family members of these individuals, a news release said.

“Daphne’s heart and passion are for serving others, helping to give hope to others and let them know they are not alone,” NAMI Louisiana Administrative Assistant Donna Schaitel said.

“Daphne’s desire in particular is to help veterans living with mental illness and their families. Her desire is to help find resources and services and advocate on their behalf.”