This year presents new challenges, so NAMIWalks is “going virtual.” On Saturday, October 10, NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley will participate in NAMIWalks Your Way: A National Day of Hope with other NAMI affiliates in more than 40 cities.
Instead of walking a 5K together at Veterans Memorial Park, Bettendorf, many participants still plan to walk, using their treadmill or going outside in the backyard or through a local park—all while taking precautions to stay safe. Others plan to hula-hoop, flip pancakes, practice yoga or do another activity they enjoy. They will share their activities on social media and follow NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley’s program online that includes mental health facts, participant activities and local entertainment.
“One in five adults experience mental illness, but it touches five in five people either directly or indirectly,” according to NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley Executive Director Angela Gallagher. “Now more than ever, our communities need to come together to raise awareness and let people know they are not alone.”
Click here to join NAMIWalks Your Way. There is no registration fee, but fundraising is encouraged. Funds raised here, stay here, for NAMI ’s free local mental health programs.