The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Mississippi hosts the 8th Annual NAMIWalks on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Winner's Circle Park (100 Winners Circle Drive, Flowood). NAMI Mississippi is a non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, as well as their families. Money raised goes to NAMI branches.
The night before the walk, Friday, Nov. 4, NAMI will have a candlelight vigil at the State Capitol (100 N. State St.) to raise awareness of people suffering from mental illness. The vigil starts at 7 p.m.
NAMI Mississippi Development Director Kevin Jones is optimistic. "For so long it has only been focused on consumers with mental illnesses and behavioral health companies, and so the goal this year is to branch out a little more," he says. "We're working hard to make sure we're educating about NAMI, letting people know what NAMI can provide. All the support that we get from the walk helps us to continue to provide free services for our community."
Check-in for NAMIWalks begins at 9 a.m. and the walk officially steps off at 10 a.m. The walk is 4k, or 2.5 miles long. Donations can be made online or mailed to NAMI, 411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401, Jackson, Miss., 39206. To join the walk or for more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/NAMIwalkms, or call 601-899-9058.
The JFP has a NAMIWalks team this year! Click here to join us.