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Juniors Lydia Schloskey and Haylea Mraz in Communities are partnering with NAMI Oshkosh to host the annual Oshkosh 5K for Mental Health and Suicide Awareness on Saturday, May 4 at Oshkosh North High School. Other than raising money in order to host future events, NAMI hopes to raise awareness of mental illnesses throughout our community.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a national organization that started in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin. It has since expanded and now has more than 500 local affiliates including Oshkosh. NAMI Oshkosh was started in 1979. Their mission is to educate, advocate, and support to those affected by mental illness in our community. NAMI Oshkosh also offers classes and support programs for individuals and families that are affected or have been affected by mental illness. In order to carry out their mission, NAMI Oshkosh works with the local crisis, law enforcement, social service agencies, and community groups. The Oshkosh 5K for Mental Illness and Suicide Awareness is a way for NAMI to provide a safe environment for family and friends of suicide victims to remember their lost ones in a positive way.
According to a 2017 report by the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 youth ages 13-18 suffer from or experience a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. That means that a high school with an enrollment of 1,250 students has the chance of having 250 students that may suffer from a mental illness. Mental health is a prevalent issue in today's society ad creating awareness is very important.
Sign-up info can be found on the website.
Location: Oshkosh North High School Gym
1100 West Smith Ave