Run supports National Alliance on Mental Illness

— Earlier this month, beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams took his own life after suffering from a deep depression, a situation that the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Champlain Valley (NAMI-CV) tries to prevent from happening one day at a time.

“Most of the suicides from last year and the previous years were from people who were not connected to mental health services, and it seems that those people, for whatever reason, may have been afraid of accessing services,” said Amanda Bulris, executive director of NAMI-CV. “So, what NAMI tends to do is break down the stigma, and the barriers associated within all this, in hope that families won’t feel alone and that loved ones will get help.”


In an effort to make this happen, NAMI-CV will be hosting Running for NAMI, which will take place at Banker’s Orchard in Plattsburgh Saturday, Aug. 30 for the second time.

“It started back in 2012, and it was originally called ‘Minds in Bloom,’” said Carrie Levessaur, organizer of the run. “I presented this run as an idea to the board [because] I thought it was a great way to bring mental health and physical health together.

“What I like about this run is that when we did the first run, we had over 60 people, and you couldn’t tell who had a mental illness or not.”

The children’s race will begin at 10 a.m, and the adult race will begin immediately after. There will also be free games for children.

To sponsor Running for NAMI, donations of $25 will be appreciated. Registration for the 5K run is $20. The children’s run is free, but a donation is suggested to be made of at least $1.

Registration will be available onsite at 9:30 a.m, and pre-registration is available online at nami-cv.org or by phone number 561-2685 ext. 10. The first 50 people to register will receive a free t-shirt.

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