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Team Idaho Lumber participated in last year’s NAMI Swing Fore Recovery golf tournament.

As the sun sets earlier and moods change, some people with depression and other mental illnesses suffer more than others. People can make a difference for them merely by playing a round of golf.

The Wood River Valley affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host its fourth annual 5B Open Swing Fore Recovery golf tournament fundraiser at the Elkhorn Golf Club on Friday, Sept. 20.

“By joining the tournament, you and your organization can show your support for mental-health awareness, and promote yourselves as willing to break down the barriers of stigma,” said NAMI Executive Director Christina Cernansky.

Rain or shine, teams will play in a scramble format and compete for prizes for the best overall score, best hole and other categories.

Check-in starts at 11 a.m. for a shotgun start at noon. A 5 p.m. reception dinner and awards ceremony at the Elkhorn clubhouse will be open to non-golfers, as well.

The tournament gathers local golf teams and individuals to help raise awareness about mental-health conditions, support NAMI’s ongoing community programs and have a little fun.

NAMI Wood River Valley, founded in 2001 by Tewa Evans, provides monthly family support groups, biweekly personal recovery groups and teen support, as well as legislative support for the mentally ill. NAMI is part of the 5B Suicide Prevention Alliance.

Business sponsorships are available to support veterans and first responders on teams in the tournament.

For more information, go to nami-wrv.org or call 208 481-0686.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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