Caring

2nd Annual ‘Ending the Silence’ Walk set for Saturday, May 21

April 28, 2016

In recognition of National Mental Health Month, the Pensacola Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present the 2nd Annual “Ending the Silence” Walk on Saturday, May 21 at Blue Wahoo Stadium in downtown Pensacola. The goal of the 3K event is to raise awareness and enhance services for those in our community who suffer from mental illness.

The Walk will begin at 8 a.m. with day-of-event registration beginning at 7:00 a.m. Teams are encouraged but individual walkers are also welcome. Individuals and teams may pre-register at www.namipensacola.com or by emailing namipensacola@gmail.com. The cost of registration is $15, but teams of 10 or more may register for $10 per person. Sponsors of this year’s event include Buffalo Rock, Cat Country, and West Florida Healthcare.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults—approximately 61.5 million Americans—experience mental illness in a given year. One in 17—or about 13.6 million—live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder. Serious mental illness costs our country $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.

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