Thousands gathered in Raleigh on Sunday to participate in the Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope, which supports individuals with mental illness.
One in five adults in America live with a mental illness, but nearly 60 percent of these adults didn’t receive mental health services in the past year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The Walk for Hope aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and bring attention to these Americans, who are often overlooked.
The Foundation of Hope, an organization that funds research for the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses, sponsored the Walk. All of the money raised during the Walk for Hope went to the UNC Department of Psychiatry's mental health research efforts.
Shelley Belk, executive director of the Foundation of Hope, said the organization was started by her parents after her brother was diagnosed with bipolar schizoaffective disorder at 17 years old, and they realized how little was known about mental illness.
“There wasn’t a lot of funding for scientists who wanted to discover new breakthroughs for mental illness,” she said. “My mom and dad wanted to try to make a difference so they started the Foundation of Hope.”