Memorial Park off Washington Road in Amarillo was stuffed with members this weekend, strolling to lift funds, convey consciousness and remind individuals in regards to the significance of psychological well being.
The Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Sickness (NAMI) Texas Panhandle and the Agape Middle teamed up for his or her 10th annual Stroll for Psychological Well being 5K on Saturday, Oct. 15. The stroll was crammed with door prizes, free meals, music leisure by Mentally Sound, neighborhood cubicles, and groups participating within the occasion.
“We maintain this stroll to lift psychological well being consciousness, scale back stigma, encourage therapy, and to lift funds for our free psychological well being applications,” mentioned Margie Netherton, President of NAMI Texas Panhandle, a neighborhood affiliate of the Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Sickness. “There isn’t any well being with out psychological well being.”
In line with research, one in 5 individuals have a psychological well being situation.
NAMI is a non-profit that began with girls round a kitchen desk within the 70’s who wished higher providers for his or her kids. “It’s like AA (alcoholics nameless) for psychological well being. Now we have the assistance for the person struggling with the psychological sickness and for his or her household to obtain help,” Netherton mentioned.
“We wish individuals to really feel comfy sufficient to speak about it,” mentioned Tony Foster, govt director for Agape Middle / Amarillo Space Psychological Well being Customers. “I want to see a day the place people who find themselves struggling with psychological sickness can go to their household and associates with out feeling the stigma or like they should conceal it. Stigma retains individuals from getting assist or getting the remedy they want.”
The Agape Middle is a peer help restoration middle, which means friends assist friends. There are psychological well being training teams, train, yoga, social outings, and laptop lessons. “We need to assist these individuals to have a objective. There’s a Hindu proverb that claims, ‘When you assist your good friend row to shore you get there too.’ That’s the philosophy behind what we do,” Foster mentioned.
Each organizations are situated at 1401 S. Polk St. NAMI is situated in Room 105, and Agape Middle is on the fourth ground. NAMI additionally provides Zoom help teams.
For extra info on NAMI Texas Panhandle, go to their web site at: https://namitexas.org/nami-texas-panhandle or go to their Fb web page at www.fb.com/NamiTexasPanhandle .
For extra info on the Agape Middle, go to their web site at: www.aamhc.us or go to their Fb web page at www.fb.com/AgapeCenterAMA .