Alabama man will walk across the country to raise mental health awareness

ALABAMA (WTVM) — A 29-year-old Alabamian is walking coast to coast for a worthy cause.

Sylvester Williams plans to walk from California to Florida to raise awareness about depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

Williams is described as always putting a smile on everyone’s face, but he suffered from depression behind his smile.

As a teenager, he was arrested for a stupid mistake.

After nine years in prison, he learned that his best friend had taken his life.

He said he had to do something.

Williams started her walk on May 1 and walks about eight to 11 hours a day.

He says people are following his journey on Facebook and will meet him at certain places and walk a few miles with him.

His mother, Twana Williams, says she couldn’t be more proud of her son.

“When I was locked down I thought I wouldn’t go back. That’s a big reason why I’m doing this too, this walk is for anyone with mental health, depression, people who feel like giving up, these are for those behind bars,” Williams said.

His mothers added: “All mothers in this world should know that you would be proud of your child, he doesn’t just do it for himself, he does it for everyone, he speaks for everyone.”

Sylvester says it will take him a few months to complete his journey.

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