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NAMI Walks for mental health

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)'s Greater Cleveland chapter is sponsoring "NAMI Walks", a walk to raise awareness about mental illness and funds for better mental health treatment. It is the largest such event in the Ohio. 

The event was created to help combat mental illness and the stigma that often prevents people from seeking help, the public is invited to join nearly 2,000 concerned community members from throughout northeast Ohio.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 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.

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 services offered by the organization are free of charge.

The family- and dog-friendly walk will be held on Saturday, September 7, with registration and pre-walk activities beginning at 9 a.m.

The 2.5-mile walk starts at 10 a.m. at Voinovich Park in Downtown Cleveland.

Featured at the event will be Kids' Corner, snacks, music, visits with Indians mascot Slider, and raffles.

This year's pre-walk activities will feature appearances by Danielle Serino of 19 Action News, Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman, and Ernst & Young partner Chad Gross.

All walk proceeds support NAMI Greater Cleveland's programs. Walkers raised an all-time high of more than $163,000 last year.

Walkers raising $100 or more will receive a commemorative NAMI t-shirt.

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