Physically separated but united in support for mental health initiatives, a number of members of NEOMED’s Mental Health Committee recently walked for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in their own neighborhoods.
They took to the pavement to raise awareness of NAMI and an annual event coming up on Saturday, Oct. 10, when a Walking Whales team will participate in the NAMI Walks Summit County cohort of a national NAMI walk – also now planned as a virtual event.
The purpose of the national walk is to promote awareness of mental health and reduce stigma by sharing stories and walking together; to raise funds for NAMI’s mission of advocacy, support and public awareness; and to build community and reassure people they are not alone.
Everyone is invited to join the NEOMED Walking Whales team or support it by making a contribution to a team member.
“We still want people to register to join the team. It’s perhaps more important than ever, as we will need to work together to spread the word and connect virtually, since we can’t walk in person together,” said Natalie Bonfine, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry.
Photo: Natalie Bonfine