On October 6th, Cyndie Spanier, Co-chair of the ACCR steering committee and member of the Quality Improvement committee, and Saralynn Kramm, Co- chair of the Quality Improvement Committee, attended the 13th annual NAMI walk held at Monroeville Community Park West and promoted ACCR by sponsoring a table. The table included brochures, pamphlets, flyers and various other promotional items. We had a sign- up sheet for attendees that perhaps were interested in supporting the vision and mission of ACCR. We were available to answer any questions that attendees had.
To me, the great turn out at the NAMI walk demonstrates that stigma is slowly being dispelled, and mental health is getting the recognition and attention it needs to help not only people with lived experience, but communities as well. Various teams of walkers had shirts on with logos and quotes on them. The quote that most spoke to me, was “It’s okay to not be okay.” We often forget that it is okay to reach out for help and to have “bad days”.