Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year. Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. NAMI.ORG
Help comes in many forms, i.e. listening, being aware of others, acceptance and finding the right course of treatment.
We are an organization seeking to create awareness and break down the barriers and stigmas associated with those struggling with mental health; one step at a time.
A dear long time friend, who has been an avid runner for 20+ years.
As life happened, her anxiety and depression symptoms increased. On those days when getting out of bed seemed hard, she pushed herself to run. A run could be a jog around the block or a few miles. In conjunction with treatment, it has helped clear her mind.
As her journey continued, she was a little braver in speaking up about her day to day angst. Come to find out she was not alone. Feeling compelled to make a difference for the many going through the same situation she wanted to share her story. How better to do that than to create a healthy venue for people like her.
We must remember those who stand beside us through everything. They are watching, supporting and sometimes feeling helpless from the sidelines. This is also tough.
Together, we will walk/run to speak out and make others aware.
Come share the road to a healthier you.
All proceeds will go to our local not for profit community mental health service centers. The hope is to help others like us who can't do it alone, nami.org.
NAMI-Pinellas Chapter, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Pinellas County, Florida, a 501 (c)(3) organization is an affiliate of NAMI Florida. NAMI Pinellas County and dedicated volunteer members and leaders work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy, and support group programs for people in our community living with mental illness and support for their loved ones.
Together, we are stronger!
Learn more about NAMI at www.nami-pinellas.org
To register go to https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Oldsmar/Runningtochangemindsmentalhealthawareness5k
With entry fee, you will receive a race t-shirt.
We encourage teams, walkers, dogs and kids to participate.
We strongly encourage each walk participant to register themselves so they may verify all their information is entered correctly, as well as agree to the Waiver.
More logistical information will be forthcoming.