Raise Awareness about Mental Illness at NAMI Walk/Run

You can walk or you can run.

Either way, you’ll raise awareness about mental illness by joining the upcoming NAMI San Diego 5K Walk/Run and HHSA Wellness Expo.

Organized by the County Health and Human Services Agency and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the annual event is scheduled to take place from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Liberty Station NTC Park, located at 2455 Cushing Road in Point Loma. The event is free and open to the public. Pets are also welcome.  You can register or make a donation here.

The walk and wellness expo serve as the official kickoff to Mental Health Awareness Month, observed every May. The event supports Live Well San Diego, the County’s vision to improve the health, safety and well-being of all residents.

In addition to the 5K, the HHSA Wellness Expo includes a resource fair with about 100 booths, an interactive art project, art exhibit, therapy dogs, family friendly activities area and a special zone for veterans.

Every year, the County joins forces with NAMI to raise awareness about mental illness and reduce the stigma associated with it.

It is estimated that one in five adults experiences a mental health challenge in any given year. However, many don’t seek treatment because of the stigma associated with mental illness.

People experiencing a mental health challenge can access services by calling the County’s 24-hour, multilingual Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. Resources are also available at NAMI San Diego or the It’s Up to Us website.

José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact