NAMI WC and All Souls Counseling Center will host the 3rd Annual Mental Wellness Walk on Saturday, June 15, at the Carrier Park Pavilion, 220 Amboy Road along the West Asheville riverfront.
The Walk seeks to raise awareness of the importance of mental wellness and the community resources that exist for people who seek to improve their mental health. The Walk is open to all supporters; registration is $10, and opens at 9 a.m. The walk itself and program, which includes live music, a program, refreshments, and resource displays, begin at 10 a.m.
Mental health is one of the leading health challenges facing residents of Buncombe County. NAMI WC, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and All Souls Counseling Center (ASCC) share the urgent goals of eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness and improving access to mental health treatment. Both organizations understand that early and proper care leads to best outcomes.
NAMI WC offers free support groups, educational and advocacy opportunities, and free literature on mental health. ASCC provides mental health counseling to persons who are uninsured or underinsured. Therapist and Asheville native Jocelyn King-DeLay M.Ed., LPC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS has been in practice since 1999.
One of this year’s walk sponsors, Raynetta Waters, is a franchisee owner of two Subways restaurants, one in Fairview and the other in the Reynolds area. She became involved because she recognizes that reducing stigma and improving access to services is key to encouraging people to seek the help that they deserve.
The other major sponsor, NC Brookhaven Behavioral Health, is western North Carolina’s only certified Disabled Veteran’s-owned business providing mental health services for both veterans and civilians. Brookhaven also employs the region’s only African American psychiatrist, Dr. Pamela Lowe-Hoyte, a mental health treatment professional for over thirty years.
Other sponsors are Vaya Health, AvL Technologies, Jane Burns, Thomas Maynard, Natural Vitamins & Herbs, Joyce Boyett Agency, LLC, Family Preservation Services of NC, Sunrise Community for Recovery & Wellness.
For more information about NAMI, google NAMI BLOG to connect to their website. For more details about the walk, visit the website at www.mentalwellnesswalk.org or contact Sharon Pitts at (828) 243-3341.