Ariffa spends her time educating others in the areas of nutrition, fitness, and self-defense. She is a student of the Storm Crow Dojo, a local martial arts and military combat school – a place she describes as her pride and passion. She is walking today to show her strong support of NAMI’s mission in ending the stigma of mental illness. Being a model for this year’s Off the Mask event allows Ariffa to show her support of NAMI and of anyone struggling with mental illness, including the loved ones on this journey as well. It is her way of advocating for more programming that supports mental illness, and her way of saying, “Mental illness should not be a stigma. Let’s talk about it.