Taking Steps to Raise Awareness of Mental Health Issues
On Oct. 8, the Lexington chapter of the National Alliance on Mental
Illness (NAMI) hosted the annual NAMI Walk to support education,
outreach, support and advocacy for mental illness. UK HealthCare was
proud to be a sponsor of this event which welcomed participants from
across the Commonwealth for this 5K at Masterson Station Park.
The National Institute of Mental Health
indicates that approximately one in four adults suffer from a mental
illness in a given year. With this statistic, chances are that you or
someone you know has been directly affected by mental illness. With an
event such as NAMI Walk, hopefully the stigmas surrounding mental
illness will be erased, one step at a time.
Unfortunately, I was out of town on the day of this year's NAMI Walk
and was unable to attend. The UK Department of Psychiatry had a team
again this year. This was the first time that I have missed the NAMI
Walk in several years. In addition to raising money for mental health
programs and services, the NAMI Walk goes a long way toward increasing
awareness of the prevalence of mental health issues in this state. I am
confident that those who participated benefited from their experience.