Please join us for another record-breaking, stigma-busting, hope-instilling Walk for Mental Health Awareness.
Join thousands of passionate walkers at Artesani Park along the Charles River, to 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 11 years, NAMIWalks has raised over $4.2 million towards building mental health awareness, combatting 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 $570,878.
Please assist us to reach our goal of $600,000. It is important that everyone fundraise – whether it is $1, $100 or $1000, we need you. Every dollar matters and you do make a difference. Remember, all our programs and support groups are free to participants, but they do take money to operate.
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 just as they ask you to walk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and birth defects. People need to know that recovery from mental illness is possible with treatment. Our community is walking for mental illness just like other community walks for other illnesses, because mental illness is like any other illness.
When you reach across your office, when you reach across your neighborhood, when you reach across your faith community and all of your other social networks you are telling people that mental illness is an issue that is important to you or affects your family in some way – that message alone is a very powerful one.
When people hear that you are walking for mental illness, it gives them reason to stop and re-evaluate their own perceptions and prejudices about mental illness. When you stand up and say, ‘I am walking in the NAMIWalk – a community walk for mental illness and I would like you to join me and support this effort’, it forces people to rethink their views. Mental illness touches people and families from all segments of the community and we ignore its indiscriminate nature at our own peril. When we step up and identify this issue as being as important as all the other community walks, we are helping change the way mental illness is perceived. The more people we engage in NAMI and the issue of mental illness through their involvement in the Walk, the more people there are in the community that will know about NAMI at the very time that they or someone they know needs our programs and support.
To become a sponsor, create a team, or schedule a presentation about NAMIWalks Massachusetts, please contact Karen Gromis, Walk Manager at 617-580-8541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.