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Trevor's Team to walk in mental health 5K
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MONROE - Mental Illness Awareness Week is Sunday through Oct. 7.

Each year, the first full week of October provides an opportunity to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Green County, "Trevor's Team," will be walking for the ninth consecutive year in Madison at the Dane County NAMI walk. The 5K walk begins at Olin Turville Park at noon Sunday. Juggling, face painting and a performance by the University of Wisconsin Marching Band begins at 10:30 a.m.

If interested in joining "Trevor's Team" or making a donation, contact or call 608-558-9169. Donations may be mailed to NAMI Green County, P.O. Box 343, New Glarus, WI 53574.

One in five adults experiences mental illness problems every year, according to a news release, and 50 percent of chronic mental illness begins by age 14. Although many people today understand that mental illness is a medical condition, individuals and families affected by mental illness still are often subjected to stigma and discrimination. This year, NAMI is calling on everyone to get "Into Mental Health" and replace stigma with hope.

"Trevor's Team" was formed in memory of Trevor Moen, son of NAMI Green County board member Conni Bigler. Trevor's friends and relatives joined the team that has now brought in over $40,000 in donations. The team walks in memory of those who have lost their lives to depression issues associated with many mental illnesses. They also walk to "stomp out the stigma" involved with mental illness and to bring in funds that will help NAMI advocate and educate. NAMI Green County, along with NAMI Wisconsin, hopes to pilot a new program in the New Glarus High School soon: "Raise Your Voice."

In addition, as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, National Depression Screening Day will be held Oct. 5. Learn more at

To take the #StigmaFree pledge, visit NAMI offers information about mental illness conditions, symptoms and treatment at and through its help line at 800-950-NAMI (6264). Visit, which also provides a link to the Facebook page. To learn more about Mental Illness Awareness Week, visit