We hope you all had fun and found the event to be as inspiring as we all do! Did you get to meet Curious George or get an autograph from Fox 25 News at 10 pm anchors, Mark Ockerbloom and Vanessa Welch?
But, we still need your help to reach our $650,000 goal. The good news is… we have until June 30, 2016, to continue to raise money, and we believe in you.
You, who believe that we can all be stigma free, that mental health matters, that all individuals deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion. We do not want to cut programs, shrink classes, or limit our advocacy work, but without your help, we will be facing tough decisions like these.
Please, if you’ve taken Family to Family or Peer to Peer; heard an In Our Own Voice presentation or encountered a police officer trained in Crisis Intervention when you or your loved one was in crisis…donate, ask your friends and family to donate, and leave no stone unturned. Ask until you get a yes or no. Every single dollar helps.
Five thousand people gathered at Artesani Park all with shared values about mental health, stigma, recovery and our rights to lead productive lives. We hope the 2016 Walk was a memorable event for you all!
Thank you for your continued support!
Flyer: Click Here to download our 2-sided PDF with information about the Walk, and how we use the money we raise.
Please Note: In light of recent events and media reports regarding Arbour Heatlh System facilities, NAMI Mass has decided to return Arbour’s 2016 Walk corporate sponsorship donation. Anyone with questions about this decision should contact Karen Gromis, Deputy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join thousands of passionate advocates at Artesani Park along the Charles River on Saturday, May 14, 2016, to walk and raise money for mental health education and support programs, raise awareness of our state’s need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness, and eliminate the stigma and stereotypes that surround these brain disorders.
Over the past 13 years, NAMIWalks has raised over $4.8 million towards building mental health awareness, combating stigma, and funding NAMI Mass education programs, support groups, and grassroots advocacy. Last year, NAMI Mass successfully hosted over 5,000 enthusiastic participants who made it possible for us to raise $623,000.
We hope you will help us reach our 2016 goal of $650,000. It is important that everyone fundraise – whether it’s $1, $100 or $1000, every dollar counts, and your efforts make a difference. Remember, all of our programs and support groups are free to participants. Help us keep them that way!
If you prefer to donate by check, please make checks payable to NAMI Massachusetts and send to:
The Schrafft’s Center
529 Main Street, Suite 1M17
Boston, MA 02129
Video of NAMI advocate Patrick Kennedy calling for an end to the stigma of mental illness.
Ask your friends and neighbors to join you as we walk for mental illness, and demonstrate that mental illness is just like any other illness. People need to know that recovery from mental illness is possible with treatment. We walk for our cause just as other communities walk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or birth defects. When you reach across your office, your neighborhood, your faith community, and all of your other social networks, you are sending the message that mental illness is an issue of importance to you or affects you or your family in some way – that message alone is a very powerful one. When people learn of your commitment, it offers an opportunity to re-evaluate their own perceptions and prejudices about mental illness.
This is how we end stigma.
The more people we engage with NAMI’s mission through their involvement in the Walk, the more aware and supportive our community becomes, and the more likely people are to seek help when they need it. Mental illness impacts individuals and families from all segments of the community, yet we ignore its indiscriminate nature at our own peril. When we step up and name this issue as important as all the other community walks, we are changing perception and raising awareness.
To become a sponsor, create a team, or schedule a presentation about NAMIWalks Massachusetts, please use the links at the top of this page or contact Karen Gromis, Deputy Director, at 617-580-8541 or email@example.com.
THANK YOU to Our 2016 Lead Sponsor