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NAMI walk looks to stomp out stigma of mental illness

The second annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Hillsborough 3K Walk/Run will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday (Nov. 4) at YMCA Camp Cristina, 98450 Balm River Road in Riverview. The group is making strides against mental health with the event.

From 8 to 9:30 a.m., attendees can register and enjoy refreshments before the 3K race. The race and activities begin at 9:30 a.m. and go until noon. The event is for the entire family to enjoy and combat Mental Health issues.

NAMI Hillsborough is an affiliate with NAMI Florida. Its mission is to enhance the lives of those living with mental illness and help their families and loved ones through support, education and advocacy. The group offers support groups, meetings workshops/ course studies and more for those impacted by mental illness.

The first 3K walk/run held last year welcomed more than 400 participants and raised their financial goal of $25,000. This year the goal is to raise $50,000 that goes toward the organizations mission. It will help expand their programs and offer more free services to the members of the community by "stomping out stigma."

Participants can register a team beforehand or donate if you can't make it to the event at firstgiving.com/NAMI hillsborough. Attendees are encouraged to join the Facebook event entitled "2nd Annual Making Strides for Mental Health 3K Walk/Run." For more information, call (813) 409-7938 or email PatrickHeidemann@hotmail.com.

For more information on NAMI Hillsborough, visit namihillsborough.org call (813) 273-8104 or email support@namihillsborough.org.

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