MCKEESPORT, Pa. — For the third year, students in the Psychological Association of Penn State Greater Allegheny (Psych Club) are participating in the NAMIWalks southwestern Pennsylvania event on Sunday, Oct. 2. The event is a 5K benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and, according to club officers Dally Moore and Emilie Betters, is the first major club event of the 2016-17 academic year.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and their family members. It relies on contributions and fundraising for its programs. According to the NAMI website, the southwestern Pennsylvania event is NAMI’s largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in the country. Previously, young adults from the organization have spoken to psychology classes at the Greater Allegheny campus about their experiences living with mental illness.
The walk starts at the Waterfront at 10 a.m. (check in starting at 9 a.m.). Parking is very easy, and, according to Elizabeth Mazur, club faculty adviser and associate professor of psychology, it has been a wonderful social time in the past. “It is also very important for Penn State Greater Allegheny to publicly support an important local organization,” said Mazur.
To walk as part of the Penn State team or to make a donation of any amount, students and employees may join and support the team at their site on the NAMI walk webpage. For more information, contact Mazur at 412-675-9186 or [email protected].