The Goodwillers, a team of more than sixty people, participated and has raised $3,245 so far for this year’s annual New York City-Metro National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk. On Saturday, May 16, Goodwill staff, executive staff, and program participants accompanied by their family members including mothers, partners, siblings and friends walked to help raise mental health awareness.

“We had the best turnout since we started walking in the NAMI walk three years ago and have raised approximately $2000 more than in the two previous years,” comments Jennifer Tine, Goodwill VP Behavioral Health Services. “Five team members raised over $300 and eleven team members raised $100 or more. Hoping to inspire the Goodwill team, I was the top fundraiser at $775.”

In May, Goodwill NY-NJ celebrates National Mental Health Awareness Month to raise awareness about mental health conditions and related issues affecting Americans.

This year’s theme, “B4Stage4,” will encourage people to address their mental health early, rather than at “Stage 4,” when symptoms are more severe and recovery a longer process. Typically, it takes ten years from the first time someone has mental health concerns until they get a correct diagnosis and proper treatment.

Goodwill’s eight Behavioral Health Services in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx offer social and recreational services, vocational and employment support, specifically, clubhouses, Peer Services, and Personalized Recovery Oriented Services,

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Tine, Goodwill’s VP Behavioral Services at Jtine@goodwillnynj.org

Anyone may still donate through June 30 to support the Goodwillers’ cause for the NAMIWalk NYC here!

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