2nd Annual AIM for Awareness Walk & Rally on Sunday, November 15th in Pacific Grove


 AIM for Mental Health is galvanizing the Monterey Peninsula community in support of its Second Annual AIM for Awareness Walk & Rally in Pacific Grove on Sunday, November 15th.

The AIM for Awareness Walk & Rally will commence with registration at 8:00 a.m. with beverages from Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company and end around 11:00 a.m. at Lovers Point Park, 630 Ocean View Boulevard, Pacific Grove, CA. The two-mile walk will culminate against a backdrop of informational displays featuring regional mental health services.  Walk registration will include a t-shirt for all participants, light breakfast, speakers, entertainment and a variety of kids’ interactive games. The AIM for Awareness Walk & Rally registration donation is $10.00 for youth 18 and under and $25.00 for 19 and over. All proceeds will be designated to find better treatments and cures for kids’ brain/mental health disorders. To register and for more information, go to AIMforMentalHealth.org, email [email protected] or [email protected] or call (831) 594-8566.

Among the organizations that will be represented at the walk are Monterey County Behavioral Health, CHOMP, Natividad, Monterey Bay Educational Center, Interim, Inc., Suicide Prevention Service, Kinship Center, Castlewood Treatment Centers, Community Human Services, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Monterey Bay Neurofeedback Center, Each Mind Matters and many mental health professionals. Last year’s inaugural walk was a rallying point for almost 300 participants to demonstrate broad support for local mental health services and AIM for Mental Health’s mission to find cures and better treatments for kids’ mental health disorders.

The AIM for Awareness Walk & Rally comes on the heels of AIM for Mental Health’s second successful fundraising dinner in Pebble Beach on August 13th.  In just 18 months, AIM has raised almost $1 million to fund cutting-edge brain research and young “Rising Star” researchers to help find cures and better treatments for kids with brain/mental health disorders.  AIM has disbursed research money to UCLA’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience as well as a Rising Star Award to a cutting-edge researcher at the University of Washington in the area of teen anxiety and depression.  1 in 5 kids suffer from some kind of brain/mental disorder, such as ADHD, anxiety and depression. Signs and symptoms are rarely clear cut but some observable changes in sleep, mood, appetite, energy level, performance or participation, and body image are and should sound alarms in family and friends.

To become part of this national movement and for information and registration about the AIM for Awareness Walk & Rally, go to AIMforMentalHealth.org.