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Want to support those with mental illness? Join NAMIWalks
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness is bringing its educational and fundraising walk at Brenau University in Gainesville on Saturday, Oct. 20.

“Through NAMIWalks’ public display of support, we are changing how Georgians view mental illness,” a press release states.

National Alliance on Mental Illness walk

What: Fundraiser for local mental health support

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20; check-in begins at 8 a.m.

Where: Brenau University, Gainesville

More info: Register online at; contact Rachel Barber, event manager, at or 770-234-0856

The walk aims to raise awareness about the negative consequences of social stigma attached to mental illness and raise money for local support, including education and advocacy for individuals and families in North Georgia.

The event is hosted by the Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin and Union county chapters of NAMI, which started in 1979 and describes its mission as the “nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.”

Cindy Levi, CEO of Avita Community Partners, will serve as the honorary chairwoman of the fundraiser walk.

There is no registration fee, though participants are asked to collect donations from family, friends and colleagues.

Businesses, nonprofits and families are also asked to participate.

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