(From Jackie Balzer, Office of Academic Affairs)
I am writing you to tell you about an upcoming event that is both very important and very exciting to me. It is NAMIWalks for the Mind of America, NAMI’s signature walkathon event (5K walk on the river) that is being held in Portland, OR at Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade Festival Area on Sunday, May 17, 2009. Please consider joining me on the PSU walking team or donating to our efforts. http://www.nami.org/namiwalks09/NOR/PSU.
I have formed this team as one way to bring important attention to college student mental health issues, including our PSU healthy campus initiative and suicide prevention efforts. The idea to participate in a public awareness/fund raising event that addresses the sigma that surrounds mental illness, came from a parent of a PSU student.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the largest education, support and advocacy organization that serves the needs of all those whose lives are touched by these illnesses. This includes persons with mental illness, their families, friends, employers, the law enforcement community and policy makers. The NAMI organization is composed of approximately 1100 local affiliates, 50 state offices and a national office.
The goals of the NAMIWalks program are: to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness, to build awareness of the fact that the mental health system in this country needs to be improved, and to raise funds for NAMI so that they can continue their mission.
NAMI is a 501(c)3 charity and any donation you make to support my participation in this event is tax deductible. NAMI has been rated by Worth magazine as among the top 100 charities "most likely to save the world" and has been given an "A" rating by The American Institute of Philanthropy for efficient and effective use of charitable dollars.
Please consider walking with our PSU Team and/or donating to support our participation in this great event. Visit our PSU walker page to sign up: http://www.nami.org/namiwalks09/NOR/PSU or donate. This site features a link to our team's page where you can see who else is walking with me. There is also a link so you can donate directly to me online. Donating online is fast and secure, and I'll get immediate notification via e-mail of your donation.
Thank you in advance for your support. Feel free to forward this note to others, including friends of PSU. I set a goal of 20 people for our team and anyone is welcome. Please wear PSU gear.