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Hundreds walk to end stigma of mental illness

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Officer Tulio Tourinho was awarded the 'Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year.' Officer Tulio Tourinho was awarded the 'Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year.'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ending the stigma of mental illness.

That was the goal for hundreds of walkers at Waterfront Park, where the Louisville Alliance on Mental Illness held their annual walk and largest fundraiser Saturday.

Before the walk, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad presented the 'Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year' award to Officer Tulio Tourinho, for his dedication to assisting individuals during a mental health crisis. 

One in five people in Louisville will experience mental illness at some point in their lives, but they aren't the only ones affected. 

"You will notice there are a lot of families today so we don't just help the individual, we help the families as well," Executive Director Jean Henry said.

Officers on LMPD's Crisis Intervention Team receive 40 hours of intensive training from mental health professionals, and other experienced officers in the community. 

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