Portland NAMI Walk raises thousands for mental health services

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Mental health took center stage Sunday at the annual NAMI-walk through Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

NAMI, or the National Alliance on Mental Illness, raises money – and awareness – for mental health services.

Providence sponsors the walk, which is now in its 16th year. Their goal was to raise $225,000, and as of Sunday afternoon, the nearly 2,100 participants helped raise about $200,000.

We spoke with a local woman who is involved with NAMI to help people take better care of themselves and their mental health. After a stay at a hospital to deal with emotional distress, Trillian Stanton realized how important a support system was for her.

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However, not everyone who struggles with mental health has a support system like hers.

That's why she started Project Self-Care.

“When you're in the middle of the night, and you want to not be here anymore, and you open this kit and you're trying to take care of yourself, and you'll think, ‘look at how much the community wanted to take care of me,’" said Stanton.

Each of Stanton's self-care kits are unique - filled with small gifts like hand decorated journals, snacks, and coloring books.

There's also a handmade note, letting the person know that someone is thinking about them.

In just three months, Stanton has handed out more than 30 of these kits.

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