5th Annual NAMI Austin Walk on October 2nd Seeks to Raise $175,000

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NAMI Austin today announced information about its 5th annual NAMIWalks, to be held Saturday, October 2, 2010. NAMIWalks is the nation’s leading 5K Walk to promote better public awareness of mental illnesses, fight stigma and raise funds for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

NAMI Austin today announced information about its 5th annual NAMIWalks, to be held Saturday, October 2, 2010. NAMIWalks is the nation’s leading 5K Walk to promote better public awareness of mental illnesses, fight stigma and raise funds for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The Austin 5K Walk will be held at Auditorium Shores, at the corner of W. Riverside Drive and S. 1st Street. Live music and onsite registration begin at 8:00 a.m. There is no charge to participate.

“Everyone is welcome. Donations in any amount will help NAMI build better futures for Austin families, ” said Cathy Weaver, President, NAMI Austin.

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, 2010 Walk Honorary Chair, will welcome all walkers and volunteers at 9:00 AM. “Since I served on Council, city funds have been increased to support services for Austinites with mental illnesses, but much more needs to be done. We all have an investment in providing help for all who need mental health services,” said Mayor Leffingwell.

Mental illnesses affect people regardless of age, race, religion or socioeconomic status. The National Institute on Mental Health estimates that 1 in 4 adults – about 57.7 million Americans – are in need of some form of mental health care during a given year.

Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller population – 1 in 17, or about 6 percent of adults, live with serious mental illnesses such major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In addition, about 1 in 10 children live with a serious mental or emotional disorder.

One-half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatments, there are long delays – sometimes decades – between the first onset of symptoms and when people seek and receive treatment.

Recovery is real! Recovery happens when appropriate treatment and support systems are available. NAMI Austin can help. The NAMI Austin Walk raises money to fund NAMI’s education, support and advocacy programs offered free of charge to the Austin community.

“NAMI not only supports the individual living with a mental illness, but the entire family as well. The way they provide support, education and resources to the whole family is amazing,” said Anne Pritchard Grady, NAMI Austin Walk Family Team Chair. “It’s hard enough having to go through this. NAMI’s support has been invaluable. I’m so grateful for all they’ve done for me and my family.”

NAMI Austin Walk Sponsors
Together Cenpatico and Superior HealthPlan proudly support the NAMI Austin Walk as a presenting sponsor, along with over 35 corporate and individual sponsors including FOX 7 Austin, Austin State Hospital, AstraZeneca, Seton Shoal Creek Hospital.

Additional sponsors include RunTex, Bristol-Myers Squibb, City of Austin, Austin Lakes Hospital, Community Clinical Research, Kerbey Lane Café, Austin Travis County Integral Care, The Austin Chronicle, Austin State Hospital Volunteer Services Council, Janssen, Lilly, St. David’s Foundation and others.

About NAMI
For three decades, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. NAMI’s support and public education efforts are focused on educating America about mental illness, offering resources to those in need, and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority.

For more information about the NAMI Austin Walk on Saturday, October 2, visit http://www.nami.org/namiwalks/TX/Austin. To learn more about NAMI Austin and their education and support programs, visit http://www.namiaustin.org.

NAMI Austin is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Taxpayer ID number 74-2374858.

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