NAMI Walk keeps doors open - KOAM TV 7

NAMI Walk keeps doors open

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Joplin relies heavily on two big fundraising events each year, including today's NAMI walk.
Participants walked the equivalent of a 5-K around the loop at Leonard Park.
There were also prizes for groups that raised the most donations.
All proceeds go to keeping the doors at NAMI open, covering the cost of rent and the electric bill.
NAMI not only serves individuals suffering from mental illness, but also family members through classes and support groups.
Organizers say those with mental illness often do not know where to go for help, so they hope this walk will encourage family members and friends to be proactive about getting their loved one the help he or she needs.
"I don't think everybody realizes how many people actually have a mental illness that they may not recognize," said Rebecca Dooley, walk participant.
"There is a stigma behind it," said Rebecca Macy, Chairperson, NAMI Walk Committee. "Most families have been affected by mental illness, they have a family member or a friend, somebody that they know that has a mental illness."

Today's event was also held in memorial of the former NAMI Walk Chairperson, Kathy Moffett.
Moffett died last week and coordinated the walk over the past 4 years.
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