The first Wellness Walk and Kids Run in support of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Miami Meadows Park, in Milford.
A luncheon was held March 20 to set the walk in motion. This is the inaugural wellness walk for Clermont County and Judy Bonhaus, executive director of NAMI in Clermont County, welcomed a large crowd to find out more about the fund-raiser.
“The National Institute on Mental Health estimates that one in four families will have a loved one who has a mental illness or brain disorder. So mental illness is very common,” said Bonhaus. “Mental illness is a factor in nine out of 10 suicides. To end the stigma of mental illness, we need to be ‘our brother’s keeper.’ We may be the one who will prevent the next suicide.”