On October 1st, me and my boyfriend attended the Orange County branch of NAMI in a park Irvine. When we arrived I was so surprised how packed the parking lot was! I been to park before and I have never seen that packed! I had to park on the grassy parts of the park along with the rest of the attendees. I was so excited, because not only was I there to promote such substantial cause, but how everyone was walking for the same reason too. I have never seen such a promoted cause done in person before apart from online. Attendees brought their families their friends, their boyfriends/girlfriends, their dogs…some of them wore shirts showing the face of a loved one who died by suicide. It was a humbling and encouraging event. Heck even as all walked two laps around the park (boy was it a hot day. It was about 83 degrees), some volunteers had special cheers to keep us going. I loved they did that, but I was worried about how they would handle the hot sun themselves.
Anyways, the event was quite well…eventful! I’d do it again next year! You should check out a NAMI Walk or any other mental health organization walk near you that promotes community, exercise (of course), and awareness.
Look at all the walks in this event. Who’d knew so many people would unite for an awareness such as this?
A butterfly sanctuary,one of the many scenes at the park
Wow! It’s amazing how fast time flies! It will be one week till the NAMIWalk OC begins! Team Cerebral Resilience. Yea!😗 This is the first time I have taken place in the walk, so I am looking forward to it. I’ll be taking pictures! Once again, it’s one week till the walk and if you’d like to donate (in any amount) via the Team Cerebral Resilience site in honor of promoting mental illness, here’s your last chance. Click on the link below for more information:
On Saturday, October 10th I will be taking part in Orange County’s NAMIWalk to raise awareness in mental health. This is not the first charity walk I’ve done, but this is the first I have done for NAMI. Not to mention, this is a personal one. Since 2002, NAMI affiliates across our great nation, have established these walks in order to bring awareness on mental illness in our U.S. communities.
My team’s name is called, “Cerebral Resilience” and we are walking “to advocate awareness of the fortitude and resilience behind those who live with mental illness.” People with mental illness are capable of doing so much, in spite of difficulties and the stigma they face due to their condition. It’s my team’s purpose celebrate those individuals (like myself) and eradicate the false stereotypes from those who think otherwise. If you like, you can donate to my team here:
By making donations, you will contribute to the Orange County NAMI site and their services such as:
Peer to Peer (Teaches those living with mental illness how to establish and maintain wellness)
Family to Family (Provides coping skills and knowledge to families caring for a loved one with mental illness)
School Outreach Programs (Teaches the school community how to identify the symptoms and treatments of mental illnesses and their impact on society).
OC Warmline (NAMI Volunteers answers phones calls to those living with mental illness and/substance abuse or to an individual who knows someone living with such illnesses in regards to concerns of how to cope with the illnesses and provide of local mental health service information)
These are just a sample of the services they offer. I, myself, have been a benefactor of these service, like the peer to peer program. It served as the first attempt for me getting to understand my illnesses and in doing so I’ve become not just become knowledgeable about living with mental illness, but patient, loving and forgiving towards myself. I’ve had mental illness my whole life and not known it. It was due to lack of education and awareness on my illnesses, that I have been very hard and unforgiving to myself. It made it hard to succeed in relationships and work. Thanks to previous donations, such programs have continued to exist and benefit so many others like myself. So trust me, your donations won’t be in vain. My team’s goal is to raise at least $100, so any little amount contribution will help. But hey, if you’re willing to throw in a couple of $100 bills or a couple of zeros at the end, by all means do so.
Anyways any donation would really help our team and more importantly the attendees of the Orange County branch of NAMI. In advance, thank you for your donations! 😀