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NAMI organization puts on walk for mental illness awareness

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – The Meridian National Alliance on Mental Illness affiliate put on a ‘NAMI Walks 5K’ Sunday afternoon. The organization put on the walk to raise money for families who struggle with mental illness.

“NAMI Mississippi is all over the state and all over the nation. We are a non-profit organization. Our goal is to help people understand mental illness as well as increase awareness so that we can stop the stigma,” says state NAMI walk manager Sitaniel Wimbley.

This walk is put on all over the state. But this is the first year for it to be held in Meridian.

“NAMI Mississippi has been in Meridian for years. It’s NAMI Meridian. To bring this to Meridian helps us raise awareness and hopefully get the word out so that we can get more members and have more people active in this affiliate,” says Wimbley.

People from all over came out to participate in the walk. Many even came in teams.

“We are a community minded organization. We try to support were we can in the community. We go to college here. We have jobs here. We just want to help our fellow man,” says team walker Margaretta Campbell.

Walkers say having events like this are important because they let provide help for those who need it.

“Some people are not aware of mental illness they think mental illness is not real. Anytime we can get the word out and get help for somebody who needs it, we will help,” says Campbell.

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year.

Nov 4, 2018
News Center ABC11
By Carly Blake

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