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NAMI Walk San Francisco Bay Area is a 5K walk held annually to benefit and fund the No-Cost local programs offerred by the 7 Bay Area National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) affiliates.
Programs supported include Peer and Family Support Groups, Anti-Stigma Advocacy and Education programs.
The National Alliance on Mental illness is a non-profit, grassroots organization founded more than 25 years ago by families affected by mental illness, determined to fight stigma, and to create a system of recovery for individuals living with mental illness.
There are over 60 NAMI Walks held nationally. Our Bay Area walk will hold it's 11th annual NAMIwalk on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 in Golden Gate Park and will draw 1000's of walkers from around the Bay.
The US Sugeon General reports that 22.1% of individuals ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year; that's One in Five Americans.
Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Post-partum Depression, Anxiety & Panic Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome and more.
An estimated 10-20% of children have one or more mental health or behavioral health problems. More startling is the fact that the total cost of menta health services in the US is now estimated to be over $200 billion a year.
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