Strides for Awareness is a fun event that supports serious work. NAMI’s work is about hope and recovery. Lake County’s NAMI chapter works tirelessly to fight stigma and provide vital support for area families.
The public is invited to lace up their walking shoes and join NAMI Lake County (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to step forward for its 9th annual Strides for Awareness Walk on Saturday, August 19th. Scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. from the Mentor Municipal Center (8500 Civic Center Boulevard/Mentor), the 2.3-mile walk will follow the city’s scenic bike path.
Individuals, teams, families and even pets turn out each year to raise awareness and help raise funds for local programs including free family education classes and support groups for individuals and families affected by serious mental illnesses as well as education and training for schools, workplaces and faith communities.
One in 5 people are affected by mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. With the mission of improving the quality of life for families and individuals impacted by mental health disorders through education, support, advocacy and stigma reduction, NAMI Lake County is making a huge local impact and a difference in many lives.
There is no walk entry fee but donations are accepted and appreciated. The morning event includes the walk, music entertainment and raffles and a KidsZone filled with kid-friendly activities. Pets are welcome. Bring a friend, gather your family or assemble a walk team to join you.
To register for the Strides for Awareness Walk or to make a donation visit NAMI Lake County or call 440.639.1200. Sponsorships are still available. Strides for Awareness is coordinated by NAMI Lake County and sponsored by The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Windsor Laurelwood Hospital, Handouts, Mimi Magazine, The Lake County Women’s Journal, The News-Herald and WINT 1330AM/101.5FM.
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