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Golf tournament helps fight mental illness

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rudolph Dunnam said for the first time in his 59 years, he knows what it means to have a life.

"Now I consider myself on the path for living," he said. 

Dunnam described it as the best days of his life.

"I have made a 130-degree turn from where I was mind-wise, physically-wise and mentally-wise," said Dunnam. 

He has finally learned to control his mental illness, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia; mental illness that made it difficult for him to even cope with his family.

The big change in his life began when he walked into the building of Northwest Behavioral Health Services.

"If they weren't there I believe I would have probably perished," he said.

Dunnam said now he functions well, he is more sociable, and he's rebuilding those family relationships that were devastated by his mental illness.

"I'm very grateful for them," said Dunnam 

Patricia Sampson is CEO of Northwest Behavioral Health Services, a nonprofit organization.

"We are very significant because the services that we provide are very in demand," said Sampson. 

Last year, the agency served 800 clients. It may not sound like a lot but it is.

"That's pretty significant. It is not just a one time thing it is an ongoing process," she said, "Eight hundred times seeing one person six times a year."

Sampson said the Ken Amaro Bowtie Golf Classic, a fundraiser now in its second year, is critical to the nonprofit agency.

"It is very critical now more than ever with the economy with the budget cuts and limited resources to meet the needs," said Sampson.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports one in five people with mental illness are uninsured. 

The Ken Amaro Bowtie Golf Classic has one goal: to raise money for the Northwest Behavioral Health Services, so it can meet the needs of the uninsured in our community.  


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