NAMI Walks Coming Soon- Cochran Firm Reports on National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI Walks are fundraisers to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Some studies have shown that one in four adults, or almost 60 million Americans, suffer from some type of mental illness. The World Health Organization reports that mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Mental illness affects all ages.
With so many people affected, NAMI feels that through a grassroots effort they can help by providing a strong voice for advocacy and help shape public policy on issues that touch the mentally ill. The 34 year old organization states that they “advocate for access to services, treatment, supports and research and [are] steadfast in [their] commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.”
In addition to raising awareness, the NAMIWalks, as they are called, go a long way to helping to fund the organization to allow it to promote solutions, provide research funding and provide other community assistance programs such as housing. It is projected that the walks will raise $12 million in 2014 when they are held in at least 88 cities and engage over 140,000 walkers and supporters. Much of the money raised will stay in the community and state where the walk is held to be used in local programs.
This year people from over 85 communities will participating in the NAMIWalks. The following walks are scheduled for the remainder of 2013:
Arizona- Phoenix, October 19
Huntington Beach, September 28
Los Angeles, October 5
Bakersfield, October 12
Hemet, November 2
Florida- Coconut Creek, November 9
Atlanta, October 5
Rome, October 12
Hawaii- Honolulu, October 5
Idaho- Boise, September 28
Illinois- Chicago, September 21 and October 5
Davenport, September 28
Des Moines October 5
Kentucky- Lexington, October 12
Lafayette, October 5
New Orleans, October 12
Maine- Portland, September 29
Michigan- Novi, September 21
Minneapolis/St. Paul, September 28
Rochester, September 28
Mississippi- Helena, September 22
Nevada- Las Vegas, October 5
New Hampshire- Concord, October 6
Cleveland, September 7
Akron, October 5
Hamilton, October 12
Pennsylvania- Pittsburgh, October 13
Rhode Island- Providence, September 28
South Carolina- Hilton Head, October 26
Austin, September 28
Tarrant County, El Paso and San Antonio, October 5
Utah- Salt Lake City, October 19
Fairfax, September 28
Richmond, October 19
Vermont- Burlington, September 21
Waukesha, September 21
Greenbay, September 28
Madison, October 6.
More information about participating in or volunteering for NAMIWalks can be found at www.namiwalks.org.
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