Memorial Park off Washington Road in Amarillo was stuffed with members this weekend, strolling to boost funds, convey consciousness and remind folks in regards to the significance of psychological well being.
The Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Sickness (NAMI) Texas Panhandle and the Agape Heart teamed up for his or her 10th annual Stroll for Psychological Well being 5K on Saturday, Oct. 15. The stroll was crammed with door prizes, free meals, music leisure by Mentally Sound, group cubicles, and groups collaborating within the occasion.
“We maintain this stroll to boost psychological well being consciousness, scale back stigma, encourage therapy, and to boost funds for our free psychological well being applications,” stated Margie Netherton, President of NAMI Texas Panhandle, an area affiliate of the Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Sickness. “There is no such thing as a well being with out psychological well being.”
In keeping with research, one in 5 folks have a psychological well being situation.
NAMI is a non-profit that began with girls round a kitchen desk within the 70’s who wished higher providers for his or her kids. “It’s like AA (alcoholics nameless) for psychological well being. We now have the assistance for the person struggling with the psychological sickness and for his or her household to obtain help,” Netherton stated.
“We would like folks to really feel snug sufficient to speak about it,” stated Tony Foster, government director for Agape Heart / Amarillo Space Psychological Well being Shoppers. “I wish to see a day the place people who find themselves struggling with psychological sickness can go to their household and associates with out feeling the stigma or like they should disguise it. Stigma retains folks from getting assist or getting the remedy they want.”
The Agape Heart is a peer help restoration middle, which means friends assist friends. There are psychological well being training teams, train, yoga, social outings, and laptop lessons. “We need to assist these folks to have a function. There’s a Hindu proverb that claims, ‘Should you assist your good friend row to shore you get there too.’ That’s the philosophy behind what we do,” Foster stated.
Each organizations are positioned at 1401 S. Polk St. NAMI is positioned in Room 105, and Agape Heart is on the fourth flooring. NAMI additionally affords Zoom help teams.
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