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Acadia Hospital Supports Awareness Raising and Advocacy Walks

Posted: 09/25/2014

Acadia Hospital sponsored two very important community walks over the past few weeks, and is also sponsoring one that is coming up in October.
 
On September 13 Acadia sponsored and featured a team in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which took place at Bass Park in Bangor. Many of the Acadia walk team for this event have a connection with the hospital’s Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry program. Acadia’s program not only treats Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, it is also involved in clinical drug trials for medications that may prove effective in treating Alzheimer’s patients.
 
Acadia also sponsored and sent a team all the way to South Portland for the annual NAMI Maine Walk, which celebrates hope and recovery for people impacted by a mental illness. NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness and their mission is as follows: Through support, education and advocacy NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the one in four Mainers who are affected by mental illness. Acadia employees from many areas of the hospital dedicated their day to showing support and celebrating recovery.
 
Finally, Acadia is a sponsor for the upcoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk on October 5 on the UMaine campus. The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are 3-5 mile walks which take place in over 200 communities across the country, with the proceeds benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). By walking in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, people will be walking with thousands of other walkers nationwide to raise money for AFSP’s vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide and provide support for survivors of suicide loss.
 
We are proud to support all three amazing events, as they fit well with our mission to empower people to improve their lives.

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