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October 8, 2012

Local group commemorates Mental Illness Awareness Week

MOULTRIE — In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first full week of October in sponsoring many kinds of activities.

MIAW has become a NAMI tradition, according to a press release from the Colquitt County branch of the group. It presents an opportunity to all NAMI state organizations and affiliates across the country to work together in communities to achieve the NAMI mission through outreach, education and advocacy.

In celebration of MIAW this week the Archway-Healthy Colquitt Coalition Mental Health Sub-Committee urges citizens to support the local team in their NAMI Walk.  Participation is one of the requirements for Moultrie’s fledgling NAMI group to achieve full affiliate status. It currently operates under the auspices of NAMI Albany.  

The NAMI Walk is this coming Saturday, Oct. 13.  The Moultrie team, ReMinding Moultrie, will be walking in Waycross.  Interested citizens may donate to the team effort via credit card on NAMI Georgia’s secure web site at: http://namiwalks.nami.org/TeamPage.aspx?Referrer=direct%2fnone&teamID=340134 .

Turning Point Hospital and Ameris Bank have signed on as corporate sponsors for the Walk, the press release said.  Those funds will benefit local mental health efforts as well.

Donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes immediately in an email mail message, the press release said. All donations are tax deductible. For those wishing to donate by check, make checks payable to NAMI Georgia and mail to Lynn Wilson, 2009 S. Main St., Moultrie, GA  31768.

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