Date(s) & Time(s)::
October 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Location: IPFW Campus Alumni Plaza, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805
NAMI Fort Wayne, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is sponsoring a Mental Health Awareness Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, on the IPFW Campus. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with mental illness and their families.
Held on the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week, the one-mile walk is intended to call attention to issues involving mental health and to the services available to individuals with mental illness and their families in the Fort Wayne area. Approximately 400 participants are expected to gather at the IPFW Alumni Plaza at 9 a.m. for registration and at 10:30 a.m. for the Walk, which will be held rain or shine.
An estimated 20,000 Fort Wayne residents live with a mental illness ranging from anxiety disorder, to major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia. As many as 50 percent (10,000) of that number are unaware of their illness or have not been diagnosed and are not receiving treatment.
NAMI Fort Wayne provides education and support for families and individuals affected by mental illness including support groups that meet each Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at The Carriage House, 3327 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne, and a free 12-week Family-to-Family course offered each spring and fall.
The 2014 NAMI Walk honors Paul Wilson, CEO of Park Center—the community’s mental health center, and Dottie Davis, who began the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Crisis Intervention (CIT) Program in 2000 and ran the program until 2013. Despite continued budget cuts, Paul Wilson runs one of the best community mental health centers in the state. It is regarded to be the NAMI family safety net. The CIT program, begun by Dottie Davis in Fort Wayne, now is established throughout the State of Indiana. Fort Wayne CIT officers—NAMI Fort Wayne’s “angels in action”-- have saved many lives and kept many NAMI families together.
For more information about the NAMI Fort Wayne Walk, to register for the Walk, or to make a donation, go to www.namifortwayne.org or contact the NAMI Fort Wayne office at 260-447-8990.
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