JACKSON, MS – Citizens of Mississippi take action together with thousands across the country Saturday, November 5th, 2016 in the #ACT4MENTALHEALTH gathering at the Mississippi Museum of Art – Art Garden in Downtown Jackson with registration at 8:00a.m. and walk at 9:00a.m. “Dedicated participants will gather together in unity and support to raise awareness and funds for those living with mental illness in the State of Mississippi,” according to Melissa March, Walk Manager of the Mississippi Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
In 2016, there will be close to eighty NAMIWalks across America. Mental illness affects everyone. Regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children across the United States. In our service areas of Meridian, Vicksburg, Gulf Coast-OnCampus, Oxford, Hattiesburg, Yazoo City and metro Jackson there are over 20,000 people whose lives are touched by mental illness. It’s imperative that we continue providing our crucial services here in Mississippi to ensure our family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors have the support they need.
“There is dignity and empowerment in acting together with others who believe. We believe in protecting the lives, liberties, and pursuit of jobs, homes, and families – a full life, for people with mental illness,” says Elizabeth Caruthers, a walker who suffers from schizophrenia. “Like any physical illness, mental illness, while grossly misunderstood, is not a disorder to be ashamed of – the shame is to ignore it.”
NAMIWalks in Jackson, Mississippi is sponsored in part by many national and local businesses. There will be activities for the whole family at the event, including a post walk chili cook-off. To participate in the WALK as a walker or sponsor, contact Melissa March or Jamie Kurlej at (601) 899-9058 or at email@example.com. Visit NAMIWalks on the web at www.namiwalks.org/mississippi .