Help raise awareness about mental illness. Don't miss the SWLA NAMI Walk April 11, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
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This year marks the 13th anniversary of the NAMI Walk, which just so happens to be the largest and most successful mental health awareness walk in America!  The purpose of the walk is to raise funds and awareness in support of local programs and initiatives that improve the lives of people living with or being affected by mental illness.

With every step, NAMIWalks' are changing how Americans view people with a mental illness.  These special walks also help ensure that people in need get the help and resources available for them to live a quality life.

NAMI Southwest Louisiana is a non-profit organization in Lake Charles that not only addresses the mental illness needs for people in our community.  By working to erase the ugly stigma that comes with mental illness, but they help people not effected by the disease to gain compassion and understanding.

So don't miss your chance to make a difference Saturday April 11, 2015 at the 13th annual NAMIWalk.  Sign-up and registration begin at 7 a.m. and the walk will get underway at 8 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  To learn more about the walk, want a T-shirt or how to register online go to www.namiwalks.org/southwestlouisiana!

By the way, there's no registration fee for the walk, but walkers are encouraged to raise $100 or more to receive a NAMIWalks event t-shirt. To register a team online, visit www.namiwalks.org/southwestlouisiana!