MENTAL AWARENESS HEALTH WALK
Charlotte, NC -National Alliance on Mental Illness – Charlotte sponsored a Mental Health Awareness Walk in Freedom Park on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The highlight of the event was special guest speaker and Walk Captain, Doug Middleton, of the New York Jets. Doug spoke to the crowd about his passion for mental health awareness identification in youth. Doug became involved with mental health after his close friend committed suicide. He created a foundation, Dream The Impossible, to address the lack of awareness surrounding mental health in the African-American community.
NAMI Charlotte is dedicated to making a better life for those in our community who live with mental health challenges and their families through support, education, and advocacy. Through working together to address the mental health needs of the community, NAMI is committed to raising awareness about mental illness, replacing stigma with understanding, and helping thousands of families and individuals each year who live with this debilitating illness.
The purpose of the NAMI walk was to raise funds and increase awareness of mental health in the Charlotte community. The walk was sponsored by a variety of community agencies, service groups and local businesses. Money generated from the walk came from pledges by the walkers and corporate donors and helps support NAMI Charlotte’s free educational, advocacy, and support programs.
NAMI officials will continue to advocate and inform the public about the urgency of curing the stigma attached to mental illness. Mental illness is a disease that should be no different than a person living with cancer, diabetes or asthma. NAMI strives to create non-judgmental attitudes towards people who live with mental health illness.
Please click here to see a slideshow of the Mental Health Awareness Walk https://spark.adobe.com/video/UqymcU91P33T8. Please visit www.nami-charlotte.org to find out more about NAMI free educational programs.