5K walk/run provides help for people in the community

Riders getting ready to cruise around town. (WLFI Photo)
Riders getting ready to cruise around town. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It’s something that affects more than 60 million Americans every year and on Sunday, Greater Lafayette joined together to provide help to those struggling with mental illness.

The forth annual NAMI Fall Classic 5K Walk/Run took place at the Lafayette Municipal Golf Course. The event is put on to provide mental illness advocacy in the Greater Lafayette community.

Proceeds from the event provide advocates for support, effective treatment and education for individuals and families affected by mental illness.

“There are many people out there who need help,” executive director Astrid Hastak said. “The stigma against mental illness is so big that even if there is help, they do not step forward.”

Organizers say this was the largest turnout for the event since it was first held four years ago.

To find out more information, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness of West Indiana’s website.