NAMIWalk Raises Over $150,000 for Mental Illness
Last weekend over 1,000 people gathered at Centennial Center Park to raise awareness about mental illness. The 2014 Colorado NAMIWalk helped raise more than $150,000 from advocating walkers. Men, women, children and even dogs took to the road that day for a mile journey of happiness.
The day was beautiful and the sun was shining as the local Centennial residents brought attention to an important affliction. According to the Centennial Citizen, the National Alliance of Mental Illness holds similar events throughout the country. The purpose of the walk is to show “you are not alone in dealing with mental illness,” said NAMI Colorado executive director Scott Glaser.
Through NAMIWalks‘ public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing how Americans view persons with a mental illness, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness website. Holding these fundraising walks across the country has definitely made an impact on many people’s lives.
It is through these community events that people learn about each other and how they can help. Centennial plans on holding more of the NAMI walks in the future. Get involved, donate or tell a personal story on their website, www.nami.org.