February 19, 2013

Vanderblt Psychiatric Hospital named premier sponsor of National Alliance on Mental Illness event in April

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Davidson County announced that Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH) is its premier sponsor for the 2013 NAMI Davidson Walk, 5K Run and Village, which will be held Saturday, April 13, at Shelby Park.

The event is a celebration of mental wellness and recovery from mental illness. It serves as a joyful, stigma-free morning for those persons with diagnosis and their loved ones as they gather to raise funds for NAMI Davidson County’s mission of support, education and advocacy.

The 2013 NAMI Davidson Walk, 5K Run and Village is the primary fundraiser for the non-profit dedicated to serving people with severe and persistent mental illness and their families. Monies raised help fund the information and referral helpline, purchase education materials for classes and support group members, provide materials for community outreach, fund general operational expenses and support legislative and justice advocacy issues. VPH has provided general sponsorship of the event since it started in 2011.

“Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital is honored to provide this sponsorship of NAMI Davidson County so we can continue our collaborative support of the individuals and families we serve that are impacted by mental illness,” said William Parsons Jr., Ph.D., chief administrator of VPH.

VPH has been a partner in support of NAMI Davidson County acting as a host of one of the organization’s free monthly support groups and providing space and speakers for educational meetings and classes since 2008.

Anyone interested in sponsorship, volunteering or registering to participate in any of the events can call 891-4724 or can view detailed information online at www.namidavidson.org.

This year’s goal for the event is $60,000. The new 5K run course is certified and entry is $25. The walk is open to everyone and the course is mobility friendly. There is no entry fee for the walk, but a $10 donation received by March 22 will guarantee a T-shirt.

All proceeds go to support the mission of NAMI Davidson County which is to provide effective and innovative support, education and advocacy services to persons with mental illness and their loved ones. NAMI Davidson County, which serves the Greater Nashville area, is the local affiliate of the state and national NAMI organizations. NAMI (www.nami.org) is the largest grassroots support, education and advocacy organization serving persons and their families throughout the United States.