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Walk for Mental Health Resources and Awareness in Maryland

By Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD

“You are not alone” is the powerful message of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). If you follow this blog, you know that we dedicate our lives to helping people recover from mental illness. Yes, eating disorders are considered a mental illness with serious medical complications. In addition to the professional work that we do working with clients with eating disorders, our Empowered Eating extended family has lost two loved ones to mental illness this year. In memory of my brother in law, Todd, I wanted to walk to continue to help increase the awareness of mental illness and to help raise money to increase access to mental health services.

Whether you or or a loved one is struggling with mental illness, I encourage you to to get the help that you need. There are resources available and there is HOPE. About twenty percent of Americans live with a mental health condition. If one in five Americans are affected, it is time to start talking about it and getting people the help that they need.

May was Mental Health Awareness Month. We decided to support NAMI to help the millions of Americans who face mental illness every day. Education and empowerment are key. Walking and talking about mental health seems like a good place to start. Here is our Empowered Eating team at the NAMI walk and resources that are available to you and your loved ones.

We walked in Baltimore, Maryland at the inner harbor. The walk was 5K and Empowered Eating was able to raise almost $1,000 and NAMI Baltimore raised over $180,000 in total. It is an empowering experience to participate in a fundraising walk and see the power of people coming together for the greater good.

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Thanks Dana Magee, Kathleen Tabb and Caitlin Weis for walking for NAMI

You can see all the wonderful, compassionate energy and inspiration at the walk.

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HOPE starts with you.

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The balloon arch before the walk

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Inspirational speeches and warm up dancing!

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The huge crowd before the NAMI walk.

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Even inspirational Mental Health awareness t-shirts!

For more information on resources available: Contact www.nami.org or call the NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-6264

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