About 30 college of nursing students from Florida Atlantic University participated in a fundraising walk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Nov. 15 at John Prince Park in Lake Worth, Fla., according to Carly Mulroy, an accelerated track BSN student at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Boca
NAMI is dedicated to providing education, support and advocacy to empower individuals living with mental illness. It provides peer-to-peer and family-to-family counseling and other resources for individuals with mental illness and their families.
Attending this walk was a first-time endeavor for the students of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, as well as the National Alliance on Mental Health in Palm Beach County, Mulroy said. This was the inaugural NAMI Walks event in Palm Beach County, and it was executed with great success.
The walk brought together members of the community who are committed to defeating the stigma attached to mental illness as well as raising funds, support and awareness for this cause, according to Mulroy. She said it came about after NAMI representatives spoke to nursing students in the course Psychiatric and Mental Health: Nursing Situations Across
Peter Davey, the lead peer specialist for NAMI, spoke about his personal experience with mental illness, how he found assistance through NAMI and eventually started working for the organization to help others, Mulroy said. He spoke about the peer-to-peer and family-to-family programs and the impact that NAMI has had on his life. Peter told us about the walk taking place in November.
Over the course of the semester, we learned about psychiatric and mental illness and gained perspective in our clinical rotations with patients, and our class was eager to lend support to
Students from both the accelerated and traditional tracks of the BSN program participated in the walk. Overall, NAMI Palm Beach County raised $86,010 with about 700 donors, surpassing its goal