One in four North Carolinians will experience a mental health disorder in 2009. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, North Carolina chapter is hosting its annual WALK in support of its mission to promote recovery and optimize the quality of life for those who suffer from mental illnesses. This rain-or-shine event will be held on the Dorothea Dix campus on the morning of Saturday May 2, 2009.
The goals of the NAMIWalks program are to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness, to build awareness that the mental health system in this country needs to be improved, and to raise funds for NAMI in order to continue their mission. All the funds collected by Walkers will be used to fund NAMI’s programs here in North Carolina, including support, education, research and advocacy involving schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and severe anxiety disorders. NAMI NC works with persons with mental illnesses, their families, friends, employers, the law enforcement community and policy makers.
NAMI is a 501(c)3 charity and donations are tax deductible. NAMI has been rated by Worth magazine as among the top 100 charities “most likely to save the world” and has been given an “A” rating by The American Institute of Philanthropy for efficient and effective use of charitable dollars. There will be music, exhibits, face painting, a Tumblebus and much more. For more information, visit www.naminc.org or call NAMI NC at 919-788-0801.