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5K walk increases awareness of mental illness

"NAMIWalks - Changing Minds One Step at a Time," is a 5K walk to increase public awareness of mental illnesses, fight stigma, and raise funds for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota.

NAMI provides educational classes and support groups, and advocates for better mental health services. The walk will be held Saturday, September 24, at 1 p.m., at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and Whitney Memorial Park in St. Cloud. More than 150 walk teams and nearly 3,000 people from all around the state are expected to participate.

To join NAMIWalks, captain a team, volunteer, or make a donation, call 1-888-NAMI-Helps x115, or go to and click on the NAMIWalks logo.