Walk Kicks Off Mental Illness Awareness Week
by Breanna Fuss, Reporter
October 06, 2013 8:48 PM
Mental illness impacts one in four adults and one in ten children nationwide.
To kick off Mental Illness Awareness week, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, held its 21st Annual Mental Illness Walk and Vigil. Despite the chilly weather, around 100 people participated in the events at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.
The night started with a candle vigil, followed by a special program to teach people about mental illnesses. As the sun set and the parking lot was lit, people walked for those affected.
“Real people, normal people have mental illnesses," said Phyllis Arends, Executive Director of NAMI Sioux Falls. "The person you work next to has one you may not realize has one. The person you go to college with might have one, or someone your child goes to school with, or even someone you might just meet at the grocery store. We are real people with real lives."
Nearly 30,000 South Dakotans have a mental illness.