Join the NEOMED Team for Summit County NAMIWalks, Oct. 8

Each year, NEOMED has a team that walks in support of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Summit County. This walk is to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, increase advocacy efforts, and raise funds to support programming for individuals with mental illness and their loved ones.

Date: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Please arrive early for a team photo – by 9:30, if possible.

Location: University of Akron Stile Athletics Field House

Kids are welcome! Dogs are also welcome to join the walk; however, please be aware that dogs are not allowed inside the Field House (where informational tables, snacks and the kickoff event are located). Please wear a NEOMED Whales shirt, if possible.

If you are interested in joining and/or supporting the NEOMED Walking Whales team, please join us.

All funds raised will go to NAMI Summit County so the organization is able to continue to provide access to educational programs, support groups and other programming free of charge, including:

  • Needy Soles – This program provides shoes to those who cannot afford to buy their own.
  • Hair Care Program – Limited income can mean sacrificing basic personal care. A trip to the barber shop or salon promotes self-confidence while providing a basic need. Clients may obtain a voucher redeemable at the Akron Barber College or Beyond Expectation Barber College.
  • Housewarming – This program provides new, basic household items to assist persons who can now live independently.
  • Creative Kids – This is a funding program offering the opportunity for kids in Summit County with mental health issues to participate in extracurricular activities such as art, drama, martial arts, music and more.

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Submitted by Danelle Hupp, Ph.D.,

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