NAMI suicide prevention Walk
NAMI on Campus, GLOW, The Personal Counselling Department, and Student Involvement will be hosting the 3rd annual WCC suicide prevention walk on April 28 at 10 a.m. on the student center lawn.
Our fellow students are invited to participate in the walk as NAMI and GLOW are collaborating to spread awareness about issues on mental health as well as encouraging students to raise money towards the cause.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has held over 85 walks so far in 2018 and raised thousands of dollars. The 5K walks grow bigger each year as they continue their mission fighting stigma and encourage understanding.
As an organisation, NAMI’s goal is raise awareness around the country about mental health through education. NAMI will be teaming up with GLOW, the campuses LGBTQ club to have another influential suicide prevention walk at the Valhalla campus.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization which has connections with countless local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work within communities. They help shape national policy on mental health, offer educational programs and even have a toll free helpline to respond personally to hundreds of requests and questions.
“This is only our 3rd walk and we have already grown a strong presence on campus,” said the President of NAMI on campus at WCC, who chose not to disclose their name. “It is very promising what we’ve accomplished so far and we hope to continue to educate and bring awareness to mental health in general.”
The Suicide prevention walk is a public walk, no sign up is necessary and for students looking to donate, they can send donations to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website at https://afsp.donordrive.com
NAMI urges the student body to participate in the walk. For more information on how you can help NAMI’s mission on educating and providing aid you can go to https://www.namiwalks.org.