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Taking a walk for mental health in Alexandria

The walk was held in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Dozens of people took part in the annual Mental Health Walk on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press
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ALEXANDRIA – The temperature may not have been that warm, but the sun was shining down on those participating in this year's annual Mental Health Walk. The event took place Friday, May 20, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Dozens participated in the event, walking along Broadway Street in Alexandria. Walkers started at the Vikingland Community Support Program office at 1106 Broadway, stopped in front of the Alexandria City Hall, 704 Broadway, for a photo and then walked back to Vikingland CSP. Food trucks were on hand afterward for those who participated.

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Participants in the annual Mental Health Walk, which took place Friday, May 20, 2022, gathered outside the Alexandria City Hall for a photo.
Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press

Each person who walked in the event got a T-shirt with the statement, "Do not give your past the power to define your future" printed on the back.

The event, targeted to help stomp out the stigma of mental health, was sponsored by the Douglas County Local Advisory Council and Vikingland CSP.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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