May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. In recent times, attitudes towards mental health issues appear to be changing. Negative attitudes and stigma associated with mental health have reduced and there has been growing acceptance towards mental health issues and support for people with them…but we know that we still have a long way to go. We know that one in five individuals will be affected by mental illness and we must not waiver in our efforts to support them, their families and their friends.
In that spirit, NAMI Scranton & Northeast region has held the Walk for Mental Health Awareness since 1997. We put a lot of effort into making it something that will not only have an appeal to the diverse audience we invite but an event that will uphold the NAMI goals: to support, to educate, and to advocate. This year we have chosen a new location- Courthouse Square in Scranton! We hope to take advantage of the activity that surrounds Courthouse Square to further share our message that you can Find Help and Find Hope!
With the exception of the move we are keeping tradition: this year’s event will raise awareness about mental illness and give hope to family members, consumers, friends, and professionals with in the community. It will include information tables, activities, speakers, t-shirts, the walk, and a luncheon! Watch our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/namipa.scranton/ for updates!
The NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region Mental Health Awareness Walk will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on Courthouse Square Scranton. Registration opens at 9:30. We hope that you will consider supporting NAMI in our efforts to support, educate and advocate for all persons affected by mental illness in Northeast Pennsylvania.