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National Alliance on Mental Illness dedicates walk to Robin Williams

Many gathered for the 12th annual event. (Source: WOIO) Many gathered for the 12th annual event. (Source: WOIO)
Consumer Reporter Danielle Serino speaks to the crowd. (Source: WOIO) Consumer Reporter Danielle Serino speaks to the crowd. (Source: WOIO)
Dogs and humans participate in the walk. (Source: WOIO) Dogs and humans participate in the walk. (Source: WOIO)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Cleveland's 12th annual "Walk for Mental Health" took place at Voinovich Park in downtown Cleveland on Saturday.

NAMI Greater Cleveland dedicated this year's walk to actor Robin Williams. Williams, who suffered from bipolar disorder, ended his life earlier this month.

"Mr. Williams' struggle with mental illness is a sobering reminder that this disease affects all of us. It cuts across all socio-economic classes, ages and ethnicities," said NAMI Greater Cleveland executive director Michael Baskin. "The walk is a way for us to raise money for our support groups, educational programs and information/referral services that are free to the public."

Sponsors include Cleveland Clinic's Behavioral Health Services, Cuyahoga County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, University Hospitals, MetroHealth Medical Center and 19 Action News.

NAMI Greater Cleveland is a grassroots affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI OHIO. Their mission is to empower persons affected by mental illness, along with their family members, to achieve a better quality of life by providing mutual support, practical information, referral, advocacy, and educational resources. 

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