The Big Elephant team, joined by Young People in Recovery, are recruiting team members to join them on September 20, 2014 to help support the NAMI Cause with a 5K walk.
August 14, 2014, Cleveland, OH. The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has been hard at work since 1979 to build better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research in order to build a community of hope for all of those in need. To help support and further the crucial services NAMI provides, the Big Elephant team are banding together with thousands of others, in more than 85 communities across the nation for the NAMI Walks event. Joining the Big Elephant team are members of Young People in Recovery, a national advocacy organization, which aims to influence public policy, making it easier for our youth to find and maintain their recovery from addiction.
Nami Walks is an annual event to raise money and awareness for people affected by mental illness. Proceeds from the walks go toward local support, education and advocacy involving schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and severe anxiety disorders.
- About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.
- Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. (more common than homicide) and the third leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24 years. More than 90 percent of those who die by suicide had one or more mental disorders.
- One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans−experiences mental illness in a given year.
- One in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.
- Mood disorders such as depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults ages 18 to 44.
The 2014 Cleveland, Ohio NAMIWalks will be held September 20, 2014 at Voinovich Park at the East Ninth Street Pier in downtown Cleveland. Check in time is at 9:00 am and the 5K walk begins at 10:00 am. Registration is free and donations are accepted through each registrant’s personal NamiWalks webpage. This includes the Big Elephant Team Page. Other events in other locations throughout America can be found at the NAMI Walks website.
Ron Stupka, Community Outreach Director, Big Elephant, commented, “Big Elephant is proud to join NAMI Greater Cleveland in its walk to support mental health. Let’s talk about it!”
This year’s NAMIWalks event is the 12th Anniversary event and has become the largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in the United States! The funds raised go to forward NAMI’s mission to build better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
About Big Elephant: This nonprofit organization promotes wellbeing by providing and improving access to mental health and substance abuse information, assistance and recovery resources such as prevention, screening, assessment, and treatment for young people who would otherwise not be exposed to through its network of volunteers, donors and partners. Services include outreach activities and education through events such as Growing Hope for Businesses.