September 3, 2010
Arlington, Va.—NAMIWalks will step forward over the next three months to raise public awareness in state and local
Sponsored by state and local affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the walks help raise funds for local programs, including free family education classes and
"NAMIWalks are fun events that
The next NAMIWalk will be Sept. 11 in Vermont. Others coincide with Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 3-9), complementing many already held in the spring.
The full schedule of fall walks appears below. Links lead to local details.
This year, the walks also coincide with the Election 2010 season at a time when state budget cuts have hit mental health services hard.
"We hope all candidates will take note," Fitzpatrick said. "Mental illness affects Republicans, Democrats and independents alike."
"Our local NAMI chapter works tirelessly to fight stigma and provide vital
"State budget cuts…have been devastating. Now more than ever, NAMI is an important ally for local families."
GEORGIA: Atlanta, September 18
IDAHO: Boise, October 2
ILLINOIS: Chicago, September 19
KENTUCKY: Lexington, October 16
MICHIGAN: Orchard Ridge, September 25
MINNESOTA: Minneapolis, September 25
MISSISSIPPI: Jackson, November 6
MONTANA: Helena, September 26
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Concord, October 3
RHODE ISLAND: Providence, October 2
SOUTH CAROLINA: Hilton Head, October 16
TENNESSEE: Nashville, October 23
UTAH: Salt Lake City, September 18
VERMONT: Burlington, September 11
VIRGINIA: Richmond, October 9
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education,
NAMI is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates.