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5K for Mental Health

DAC NW is partnering with LAMI, Latah Recovery Center, Optum, Lewis Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation and Meter Group to host a virtual 5K to bring awareness about the importance of mental health and remove stigma surrounding mental illness. May is Mental Health Awareness month, so it is the perfect time to host such an event.

The first family friendly event was held in 2019. The second was postponed last year due to the pandemic. Registered participants can walk, roll, or whatever they like for approx. 3 miles anytime during May 1-8. They can post a photo with their time afterwards to the LAMI Facebook page and they are entered in to a drawing for prizes. Registration is free, and each participant can receive a free t-shirt and light up shoe laces to help bring visibility to the event.

A virtual kick off event was held via Zoom on May 1st at 10:00. The participants met with the non-profits agencies. More information is available at

“We wanted to show support for people dealing with mental illness,” said Sharlisa Davis, a certified facilitator for the WRAP Group, and the organizer for the event. 

”Mental illness is a disease, not a decision. And we hope to end the stigma.”

“Chronic health challenges and mental illness often co-occur. People with cancer experience depression. People with chronic pain often have both physical and mental challenges,” said DAC Executive Director Mark Leeper. “Common tools and strategies can help; recreation, spirituality, social networking can all lead to improvements.”

There will be a Mental Health Court event on May 26th at 5:00 pm. This event will improve community understanding of Mental Health Court with a panel of local experts providing information and answering questions. For more information you can go to 

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