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Mental illness benefit takes over Waterfront Park

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness' Walk to Recovery started on the Harbor Lawn. The National Alliance on Mental Illness' Walk to Recovery started on the Harbor Lawn.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Hundreds of people gathered to bring awareness to mental health illness.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness' (NAMI) Walk to Recovery started on the Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park Sunday afternoon.

One in four Americans will find their lives affected by mental illness. Without treatment, mental illness can lead to unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, and suicide.

"The walk is critical for NAMI as far as funding our family to family educational programs in terms of some of the education we offer to police officers' crisis intervention training. And in terms of providing support groups for family members and consumers of mental health," said George Hersch, NAMI Louisville.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness also works to dispel myths and misperceptions about mental illness.

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