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NAMI El Paso Hosts Annual Mental Health Walk Saturday

The 8th annual NAMIWalks El Paso benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Paso (NAMI El Paso) will be taking place September 22 at Memorial Park Reserve.

This year, Kristi Daugherty, CEO of Emergence Health Network (the local mental health authority), is the NAMIWalks Chair and has helped outreach within Emergence Health Network and across business leaders in the County.

“The walk gives many El Pasoans the opportunity to show their support for NAMI El Paso, as well as those individuals affected by mental health conditions, by raising funds and awareness,” says Jim Jopling, NAMI El Paso Board President. “Many of those who walk with us walk for their brothers, sister, cousins, mom, dad, and themselves. Everyone has a story and we are happy to give them a platform to start a conversation about mental health and tell their story.”

Two of the main goals of the Walk is to bring awareness of mental health to the community in order to erase the stigma and provide a positive platform to have those important discussions.

Last year, NAMIWalks El Paso 2017 had an attendance of over 500 individuals. One in five US adults live with a mental health condition, and through NAMIWalks, a lot of them speak out and help others who are too afraid to talk.

Registration for the walk is free online, however, donations are encouraged as all fund raised from NAMIWalks El Paso are channeled to NAMI El Paso’s mission to “provide advocacy, education, support and public awareness, so that all individuals and families affected by mental health conditions can build better lives.”

The organization offers free educational programs, presentations, and support groups for El Pasoans with mental health conditions and their loved ones.

NAMIWalks El Paso has already raised $56,854.99, only less than 25% away from their goal of $75,000.

To register as an individual walker or to form a team and/or to find information regarding volunteer opportunities and sponsorship, please call 915-778-5726 or visit the NAMI Website.  Check-in starts at 8:30AM and the Walk starts at 9:30AM.

National Alliance of Mental Illness of El Paso to Hold NAMIWalks Kick-Off Breakfast July 19

The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of El Paso will be kicking off its annual mental health walk – NAMIWalks El Paso – via an informational breakfast on July 19th at 8 a.m.

The event will be held at Emergence Health Network headquarters, located at 201 East Main Street in El Paso.

While NAMIWalks is a nationwide event with over 80 walks across the nation throughout the year, this year marks the 8th year of the Walk here in El Paso.

Officials with NAMIWalks El Paso say, “The public, active display of support for those living with mental health conditions is one important way we are changing how El Paso’s view people living with a mental health condition.”

“With the constant conversations in our lives that we have about individuals who have taken their own lives or are struggling, NAMIWalks El Paso hopes to spread a message of hope for those who fear seeking help,” officials added.

While the registration is free for the event, participants are encouraged to raise funds.

All the funds raised from NAMIWalks El Paso stays in the El Paso community and help continue NAMI El Paso’s mission to provide advocacy, public awareness, support and education so that all individuals living with mental health conditions and their families can build better lives.

All of NAMI El Paso’s educational classes and support groups are available at no cost to those who need them. More information about the programs and support that NAMI El Paso offers, is available via the NAMI website.

To register or donate to NAMIWalks El Paso, visit namiwalks.org/elpaso  The walk is scheduled for September 22nd.