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Oklahoma City alliance holds walk to raise funds, awareness for mental illness

An actress, a theater company and a police captain all received awards from the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for their efforts to help fight the stigma against mental illness as well as help those who have some form of the disease.
BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN Published: May 20, 2012

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) honored two individuals and a local theater Saturday before its annual fundraising walk.

Actress Stacey Logan-Lewis, the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre and Oklahoma City Police Capt. Robert Nash all received the Dr. R. Murali Krishna Family “Eliminate the Stigma” Award for their efforts to fight the stigma of mental illness and the problems stemming from it, said Gail Israel, development coordinator for NAMI.

Krishna, president, COO and medical director of Integris Mental Health, was on hand to present the awards. Emcee was Terri White, commissioner for the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Israel said Logan-Lewis starred in the Repertory Theatre's production of “Next to Normal” about a mother with bipolar disorder and the effect her disease has on a family. She also has raised more than $10,000 for NAMI, she said.

Nash has participated in crisis intervention training and implemented it in the police department to help train officers in suicide crisis situations.

Israel said NAMI was expecting more than 1,500 people to participate in the walk, many in memory of loved ones who have committed suicide. Among those walking was Israel's niece, Erin Israel, whose wedding to Ryan Duffy is planned for Sunday.

The couple led a team called “Walking Down the Aisle” and raised more than $3,000.

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