Walking to raise money and awareness for mental health

16th Annual NAMI Walk at Beach Park Saturday

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Hundreds of supporters walked around Beach Park Saturday to raise money and awareness for mental health. Saturday morning was the 16th Annual NAMI Walk. NAMI stand for National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Teams wore matching shirts and did either one or three laps around Beach Park. After the walk there was food, live music and sponsored tables. The event was emceed by 23 ABC's Feven Kay.

Amber Smithson, who was the NAMI Walk manager, said that the money they raised will go towards individual counseling and family counseling for those with a mental illness or who have a family member with mental illness. She also said mental illness does not discriminate and can affect anyone.

If you would like to donate to the Kern County chapter of NAMI or would like more information about getting help for someone with a mental illness, you can do so on their website: namikerncounty.org

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