HARRISBURG, Pa., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Pennsylvania (NAMI-PA) will hold its first statewide NAMIWalks event in observance of National Mental Health Awareness Month in Harrisburg at the state Capitol on Saturday, May 22, 2004: 9 A.M. registration and 10 A.M. start of the walk.
Jim Jordan, Executive Director of NAMI-PA, said Pennsylvania is one of 40 states participating in this year's NAMIWalks.
The NAMIWalks walk-a-thon begins at the fountain of the Capitol on Commonwealth Avenue and will proceed twice around the Capitol perimeter. One thousand people are expected to participate.
There is no charge for participating, but donations are requested to support the educational advocacy and outreach which NAMI offers throughout the Commonwealth.
Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll will be the featured speaker at a Press Conference on Monday, March 29, in the Capitol Rotunda at 10 A.M. to announce details of the NAMIWalks event, followed by the Kick-off Luncheon at the Holiday Inn Grantville at 11:30 A.M.
The co-chairs of NAMIWalks are three outstanding NAMI volunteers who are also professionals in the field of mental health: Carol Caruso, of Collegeville, state president of NAMI-PA; Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia, M.D., of Beaver, a psychiatrist and board member of NAMI's national and state organizations; and Marge Chapman, of Harrisburg, Dauphin County NAMI affiliate president.
For registration information and to make a donation, call 1-800-223-0500, or visit the website at http://namipa.nami.org/.
NAMI-PA is a grassroots self-help, support, education and advocacy organization, dedicated to improving the lives of all those affected by serious mental illness. NAMI-PA has 60 affiliate chapters across the state, with more than 9,000 members, including consumers, their families, advocates, and mental health professionals. NAMI-PA also provides training and education for professionals in the criminal justice system.
NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, with more than 220,000 members, is the nation's leading grassroots advocacy organization solely dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and severe anxiety disorders.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Pennsylvania