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September 19, 2012
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or
Mental Health Awareness Walk at the Lincoln Regional Center Sept. 28
Mental Illness Awareness Week October 1-6
Lincoln—A walk promoting mental health awareness will be held September 28, from noon to 2:00, on the Lincoln Regional Center campus, 801 West Prospector Place, in Lincoln.
“The walk is a way to draw attention to the fact that many people in our community are directly affected by mental illnesses,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “The good news is that treatment works and recovery is possible.”
Activities at LRC include a walk through the arboretum or on the nature path, musical entertainment, caricature drawings, and lunch at guest expense.  The first 200 registrants will receive a t-shirt commemorating the 3rd Annual Walk, courtesy of Trilogy Integrated Resources, which developed the Division of Behavioral Health’s Network of Care. 
The day’s events will include the first meeting of the Artists of the Arboretum, which will bring LRC and community artists together to create a sense of community.
The walk is a prelude to Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 1-6, which calls for support for treatment and recovery from mental illnesses.
One in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in 17 lives with a serious, chronic mental illness. 
Registration for the walk begins at 11:00 a.m.
The event is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and the Network of Care ( ).