WVU Parkersburg students and local advocate group to sponsor Mental Health Awareness Walk
A walk to raise awareness regarding mental illness will be held Saturday (Nov. 1) at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Registration for the Mental Health Awareness Walk will take place at 9 a.m. at the campus health and wellness walking trail with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. Light refreshments and live music featuring Dr. Gary Norum, local psychologist, will take place in the campus amphitheatre following the walk.
The day’s activities are being sponsored by Psi Beta Psychology Honorary Society, the campus Psychology Club, Student Government Association and NAMI Mid-Ohio Valley Affiliate Group. The walk is being featured in support of the West Virginia National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and will serve as host to its numerous state affiliate groups. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to raise funds on their own in participating in the walk. T-shirts will be available. Proceeds benefit the WV NAMI Association which oversees NAMI activities throughout the state.
Additional information is available by contacting Denise McClung, chair of WVU Parkersburg's Social Sciences Division, 304-424-8253; Phil McClung, WVU Parkersburg professor of psychology, 304-424-8268 or Marie Butler, chair of the local NAMI Mid-Ohio Valley affiliate group at (304) 481-0105,