Mental Wellness Walk aims to help end the stigma

Over one hundred people gathered at Carrier Park Saturday morning to raise awareness for mental health. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Over 100 people gathered to walk or run at Carrier Park Saturday morning, all to raise awareness for mental health issues.

All Souls Counseling teamed up with the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Western North Carolina to host the walk, which aims to break the stigma of talking about mental health issues.

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Mental health was ranked the leading issue facing the country, according to the most recent Buncombe County Community Health Assessment, with half of the respondents reporting that mental health care was the most difficult to access.

McNair Ezzard, Executive Director for All Souls Counseling, tells news 13, "People don’t think twice about getting help for a physical illness. They go to a doctor and get help, but when it comes to emotional and mental health issues, for some reason our society isn’t as open to people with those issues and people getting help."

Funds raised from the event benefit All Souls Counseling and NAMI, which provide the community with mental health counseling, support, education, and advocacy.

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