Walking for Mental Illness
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and their annual walk is held across the nation to raise awareness about mental health issues, reduce stigma and to raise funds. Our Molokai team, called “Molokai Mo Bettah Mental Health,” is walking on Molokai Oct. 1. We will walk from the coconut grove to Molokai Community Health Center’s new Oceanside property. We hope you will join us.
Why We Walk
• Mental illness affects one in four individuals during their lifetime.
• The pervasive stigma of mental illness prevents individuals from seeking treatment for an average of 10 years. Can you imagine if someone with diabetes or heart disease waited that long?
• Mental illnesses are the leading cause of disability in the United States for ages 15 to 44.
• Adults with mental illnesses die 25 years younger than their peers.
• Fifty-one percent of unemployed adults have mental health problems.
• We know that people silently suffer alone.
• We know that hope and recovery is possible with medical treatment and family or peer support.
The walk is this weekend, so please sign up to join us and/or donate soon! Our page is available online at nami.org/namiwalks11/HAI/MolokaiMoBettah.
Behavioral Health Director
Molokai Community Health Center