This Spring, Pomegranate announced it is participating in the 2012 NAMI walk as this year’s start/finish line sponsor as part of it’s advocacy initiative. NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and ‘is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research. NAMI is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need,’ according to its literature.
‘There is such a stigma that goes with having or having had a mental illness that it makes it difficult to sometimes find adequate housing or employment. It’s important to realize that a mental illness is as real as a physical illness like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or cancer. It’s also important to realize there is hope, and healing is possible with therapy, medication and treatment,’ says Pomegranate CEO Angela Nickell. ‘That’s why we’re participating in supporting NAMI. Its purpose is in alignment with our mission to help adolescents and their families recover from the effects of mental illness, learn to care for themselves and each other; and achieve the highest possible quality of life in their homes and communities.’
The NAMI walk will be held June 2nd 2012 at Fred Beekman Park on The Ohio State University Campus at the Southwest corner of Lane Avenue and Kenny Road. Check in time is 9 A.M. with walk start time 10:00 AM. Pomegranate will have a display table there, and water & snacks for our team. The distance is 3 kilometers. Pomegranate’s walkers will go as ‘Team Pom Kid’. Customized T-shirts will be made available in a wide range of sizes. Pomegranate’s team captain is April, who is Quality Improvement Manager, and handles compliance for Pomegranate. Some 32 team members have been noted as potential walkers to date, with hopefully more to come, however, because Pomegranate is a 24-7 facility, not everyone will be able to walk with the team, but can certainly send their colleagues best wishes, pass the word around and contribute.
For any associates wishing to sign on, simply enter the web portal at: www.nami.org/namiwalks12/FCOTeamPomKid to create your own unique name (even upload a photo) for fundraising purposes so friends and family can pledge. You can also view the Pomegranate team site for the NAMI walk. We are “Team Pom Kid”. Visitors may pledge towards their favorite Pomegranate therapist, CPST, youth leader or other staff member as well. You can raise money for NAMI through asking by phone, mail, in person, e-mail, Facebook, Linked In or through your church or other organization/s.
NAMI provides counseling, workshops, and support resources to mentally ill and their families in Franklin County. In 2011, NAMI Franklin County had 58 teams with an average of 8.8 walkers per team; each walker registered online received an average of 2.4 online donations including their own. Walkers raising $100 or more receive a NAMI Walks event T-shirt. There are additional incentive prizes based on amounts they raise including cruises. Pomegranate will offer the opportunity to order a Team Pom Kid T-Shirt. Stay tuned for more information on this worthy cause as April addresses the staff at an upcoming town meeting.