Walkers gather in Forest Park to increase awareness of mental illness

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) supports local programs and initiatives to improve the lives of persons impacted by mental illness and also to educate others to remove stigma about mental illnesses. NAMI St. Louis was one of twelve original agencies to conduct a NAMIWalk thirteen years ago.  Since that first walk, the annual NAMIWalk in Forest Park has grown to over 1,200 participants, raising $100,000 annually to help continue our St. Louis programs.

NAMI offers a lot of programs and all of them are free.

They have a family to family program that trains relatives of those with mental health issues and pairs them with other families facing similar experiences.

NAMI also has a basic program to support families with young children who have been recently diagnosed with major mental health problems.

The funds raised through the campaign help us to continue providing NAMI educational support and advocacy programs in seven counties throughout our region:  St. Louis City, St. Louis, Lincoln, St. Charles, Franklin, Warren and Jefferson Counties.