Please join us for another record-breaking, stigma-busting, hope-instilling Walk for Mental Health Awareness!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 MAJOR SPONSORS