Dayton’s NAMI holds fifth-annual walk for mental health

May 8, 2018 by  

Dayton, Ohio is about to host a long walk for a good cause.

The Annual 5K Mental Health Awareness Walk, now in its fifth year, is a fundraising event and community gathering looking to spread awareness of mental health issues and help provide services to those suffering from mental illness.

The walk is hosted by the Montgomery County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which describes itself as “the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.”

The event is set to take place on the morning of this Saturday, May 12. The five-kilometer walk will kick off at Dayton Veterans Medical Center and conclude at a noon cookout with a live band. In addition to donations received as sponsorships for walk participants, NAMI will be raising money through a raffle taking place at the cookout.

Founded in 1979, the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers education about mental illness as well as advocacy for public policy to benefit sufferers. Its dozens of local chapters hold fundraising events like the Dayton 5K, sometimes advertising events through flyer printing and other low-cost methods.
Those walking in Dayton this weekend will be doing their part in the campaign to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness, with recent years having seen many celebrities and high-profile personalities speak out about their personal struggles.