n October 12,2001 NAMI Bucks County held its MIAW Rally & candlelight Vigil at the Bucks County Courthouses in Doylestown, PA.
A series of speakers, artists and musician's entertained the community that gathered at the court yard adjunct to the county courthouse.
Music /entertainment was provided by the Delaine Brothers
( see picture on left) members of Artist in Recovery, a Philadelphia based consumer survivors support group. And later more music was provided by the local rock group Band Tair.
NAMI Bucks County presented its Media Award to the Bucks County Courier Times for its 7 week series entitled " Kids in Crisis" Click Here to read it. http://www.phillyburbs.com/couriertimes/kidsincrisis. The Award was presented by NAMI Member Debbie Moritz.
Other day long events included a 50/50 raffle.
A mime performance, that included two dramatic acts about mental illness, and about drug abuse.
As the evening drew to a close, the program ended with the lighting of the candles for the customary Candlelight vigil.
Event planners hoped to bring community awareness to mental illness and to the crisis of finding quality community care. Those staff who provide direct services to the mental health community receive one of the lowest starting salaries of any class of human service workers in the state.
This impacts on the quality of staff, and ultimately to the quality of services and treatment they provide.
It is this issue that energized members of this affiliate to volunteer to stage this successfully rally