NAMI Walk for Mental Health

NAMI is a national grassroots organization that’s helping improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. The local chapter in Mobile wants to raise awareness by inviting you to a special walk with lots of family activities. Susan Nelson Pickard and Sherry Coker stopped by our studio to tell us about the walk and the work NAMI is doing.

Both ladies wore beautiful masks to the studio. The masks represent their efforts to unmask mental illness.

NAMI is a national alliance on mental illness. It is the largest grassroots organization for mental illness in the nation. There are chapters in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. Sherry recently became a volunteer for NAMI because she has a loved one who is diagnosed with mental illness. She says people should take advantage of the free programs that NAMI offers. The Peer-to-Peer program is for people who are coping with mental illness. The Basics program is for parent whose children suffer from mental illness. The Family-to-Family program allows families to connect with other families to share their stories and find a better way to live their lives. All of the programs are free of charge for the people who participate.

The NAMI walk is coming up May 17th. It’s a great way to get on board and start to help people who are coping with mental illness. Although NAMI’s programs are free to participants, it costs money to produce them. That’s why money is raised through events like the NAMI walk. Last year, there were 87 walks across the nation that raised 10 million dollars for mental health. This is the first and only official NAMI walk in Alabama. The walk will be at Springhill College, starting in front of St. Joseph’s Chapel. It’s a 5K, and people can walk the whole 3.2 miles. If needed, there is an abbreviated route. Registration is at 8am, and the walk kicks off at 9am.

There will all kinds of activites for kids. There will be face painting, a clown, and a bouncy inflatable castle. There will also be refreshments, health screenings, aerobic warm-ups, and a DJ.

There are a lot of ways to participate in the walk. They’re still looking for sponsorships. Walking is a form of support. You can also go online and donate at http://www.namiwalks.org/mobile. You can even becme a virtual walker online if you can’t be at Springhill College on May 17th.

There is no fee to register.

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