Cleveland: NAMI Mental Health Walk steps off Saturday

10:18 PM, Sep 21, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The 10th annual NAMI Mental Health Walk, the largest in Ohio, steps off from Voinovich Park in downtown Cleveland just before 10 a.m. Saturday.

Registration is free and check-in begins at 9 a.m. The 2.5-mile walk starts at 10 a.m.

WKYC's Amanda Barren is the honorary chairperson of this year's National Alliance on Mental Illness' "NAMI Walks" event.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports about 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. suffers from some type of mental disorder in a given year.

In Cuyahoga County alone, more than 260,000 people have some type of mental illness.

Nearly 2,000 concerned community members from northeast Ohio will join Amanda and NAMI Greater Cleveland to help combat the stigma that too often prevents people from seeking help.

NAMI Walks Facebook Page

The walk is a rain or shine event. It will feature food, music, a dog pond, free massages and prizes for everyone to enjoy.

This year's walk will also feature NAMI Ohio's "NAMImobile," a 31-foot recreation vehicle that shares mental health facts and messages of hope as it travels the state.

NAMI Greater Cleveland provides free education courses, a Helpline, support groups, community outreach, advocacy and more for those with mental illness and their families.

The organization does not charge for any of its services. All walk proceeds support NAMI Greater Cleveland's programs. Organizers are hoping to raise $165,000 this year


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