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The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut raised national awareness about the inadequacy of the mental health care system in our country. One potential positive out-come could be the establishment of a high quality and effective mental health care system that ensures no family or individual has difficulty accessing care. Unfortunately the unwarranted association between gun violence and mental illness may increase, rather that decrease the stigma.
At ARA we are proud to be Start/Finish Line corporate sponsors of the 2014 NAMI Mercer Walk to “STOMP out STIGMA”. We all have loved ones and close friends who have been affected by the brain based biological disorders known as mental illness. NAMI Mercer is committed to encouraging the entire Mercer County community to support NAMI Mercer’s mission of providing free education, advocacy and support to individuals and families affected by mental illness. These services are not provided by traditional insurance but are necessary for living with these brain based biological disorders. The NAMI Walk will be Saturday, May 17th 2014 at 9:00 am on the ETS (Educational Testing Service) Campus in Lawrenceville, N.J.
ARA will join the NAMI Mercer sneaker anti stigma campaign by setting up a STOMP Wall for $1 donations. We invite you to join our ARA team at the walk on May 17th. You may support our team or one of our walkers by visiting the ARA team web site by clicking here (****). Donating at the NAMI site online is fast and secure.
All funds will be donated to NAMI Mercer and be used to support local and National programs. If you have any questions you can call out team captain and office manager Jamie Croshaw at 609-419-0400.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the largest education, support and advocacy organization that serves the needs of all whose lives are touched by these illnesses. This includes persons with mental illness, their families, friends, employers, the law enforcement community and policy makers. The NAMI organization is composed of approximately 1100 local affiliates, 50 state offices and a national office.
For more information on NAMI Mercer click here www.namimercer.org.
· The NAMIWalks is a nationwide fundraising and mental health awareness program that is being held in more than 80 communities around the country in 2013, including right here in New Jersey where there will be two walks. It is expected that these walks will raise approximately 10 million dollars Nationally in 2013 so NAMI can offer more support and services to the hundreds of thousands of individuals and families across the country affected by serious mental illness.
There is no walker registration fee for the Walk. All participants are encouraged to collect donations from family members, friends, co-workers and business associates in support of their participation in the Walk.
All the funds collected by Walkers for NAMI Mercer will be used to fund NAMI’s programs here in Mercer County and the other New Jersey county affiliates who participate. These programs include support, education, research and advocacy for illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, severe anxiety disorders, ADHD and more..
All walkers raising $100 or more with receive a NAMIWalks event T-shirt.
· NAMIWalks is a rain or shine event.
NAMI is a 501(c)3 charity and any donation you make to support my participation in this event is tax deductible. NAMI has been rated by Worth magazine as among the top 100 charities "most likely to save the world" and has been given an "A+" rating by The American Institute of Philanthropy for efficient and effective use of charitable dollars. NAMI has also been given 4 out of 4 stars by The Charity Navigator for short-term spending practices and long-term sustainability.
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