Utahns walk to support those who face mental illness

Posted at 5:01 PM, Oct 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-19 19:01:55-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Hundreds of people participated in a walk that began at Liberty Park Saturday in order to raise awareness for mental illness.

The event was part of the 9th annual NAMI Walk, which is a national event put on by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Utahns joined thousands across the country who participated in  NAMI Walk events, and the goal was to raise funds and support for those who are affected by mental illness.

Jacqueline Gomez-Arias works with NAMI, and she said mental illness touches the lives of more people than most realize.

“It erases a stigma on mental illness and raises the awareness that there is one out of four people  in the world affected by mental illness, and it affects the whole family,” she said.

For more information about NAMI and the services they provide in Utah, visit their website or Facebook page.