SIOUX FALLS, S.D. | Supporters of the National Alliance of Mental Illness have gathered in Sioux Falls to help in the fight to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

More than 30 teams registered to take part in Saturday's 2.8-mile walk. The event raised $48,000 for education, advocacy and support for the more than 150,000 South Dakota who are affected by a mental illness.

The Sioux Falls walk is one of 83 held across the nation.

NAMI South Dakota is a statewide organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness.

Wendy Giebink, the organization's executive director, says education helps people understand that mental illness is an illness like any other.

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purpletier53774

Why couldn't we organize a walk here in rapid city? Oh yea because mental illness still is stigma on this side of the state. If u know somebody who has is sick u r supposed to "sweep it under rug" still even though its 2013. Such a shame! Remember mental illness includes everything from anxiety to schizophrenia to OCD. So before u judge somebody for how they might be feeling that day.....r u feeling a bit anxious today?

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