16th annual NAMI walk to end stigma about mental health

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — May is national mental health awareness month, which is perfect timing for Saturday’s 16th annual NAMI walk.

This weekend, dozens of people will race around the bike trails to raise awareness for mental health.

“It’s a community celebration and so we want the community to be apart of it since nami is statewide all people from all over the state are coming to be apart of this walk and we have activities and its family friendly,” Mallory Kloucek, with NAMI, said.

This is also a fundraising event to help NAMI spread its services across the sate.

“NAMI has programs like going out into the community like in the ending the silence program but we also have support groups that meet not only in sioux falls but in the entire state,” Jordan Stone, Ending the Silence Presenter, said.

One of the ways NAMI gets the word out about its services is with little rubber ducks.

“Green is the color for mental health awareness and a duck is something fun to just hand out to kids and start raising awareness about the walk,” Jordan Stone said.

By getting the word out about mental health, NAMI hopes to end the stigma.

“Stigma is a very destructive thing and it can stop people from getting the help they need and from being able to reach out to others and getting that human connection that is a basic need for everybody,” Jordan Stone said.

Rain or shine, the event starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18th at Sertoma park.

To register or donate, click here.

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