LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - It's an issue getting more international attention following the suicide of comedian Robin Williams. And thousands in our area live with it every day.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness held its annual "Step Forward for Mental Health" walk today along the waterfront.

NAMI says one in four people in the metro area experience mental illness each year. One in 17 live with a serious mental illness.

The organization doesn't provide treatment or therapy, but says one if its main goals is to educate families.

"If an individual has a family member that becomes ill, if they become a better understander of the disease and understander of the medications, they can be a better caregiver," NAMI Louisville President Clarence Rode said. "And it's a tough task."
The walk is NAMI's biggest fundraiser of the year. In 2013, the group brought in more than $80,000.

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