Central Texas nonprofit raises $276K for more mental health resources

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s been six years since Austin resident Marcia Oakes’ son, Jake, died by suicide in 2015. Since his passing, she’s continued her mission on raising awareness on mental health struggles, one step at a time.

Each year, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Central Texas hosts NAMIWalks, an event aimed at raising awareness on the prevalence of mental health struggles in children, teenagers and adults alike. This year’s NAMIWalks marked the sixth for Team Jake, created by the Oakes family to carry his memory forward.

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