Last Chance to "Fill the Bridge" at NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties' "NAMIWalks"
Fill the Bridge Downtown, Create Awareness Surrounding Mental Health
By: NAMI Lee, Charlotte, Hendry
Join NAMIWalks Southwest Florida to help them reach their goal to fill the bridge in downtown Fort Myers and be a part of a movement that improves lives and communities one step at a time. Celebrating its 16th year, NAMIWalks takes place in more than 85 communities across the country to raise money for vital programs and services that are provided to those in need free of cost. This is the first time it will take place in Southwest Florida, specifically Fort Myers.
"Why do we Walk? We walk because one in five Americans live with a mental health condition, yet only half will receive the help they need and deserve. We walk because mental illness is too tough to walk alone and without the proper understanding and support people suffer, families suffer, and our communities suffer. We walk because it is unacceptable that suicide is the second leading cause of death for American youth aged 10-24. September 29th is our chance to come together as a community to send a message of hope and let those whose lives have been turned upside down by a mental health condition know that they are not alone and that they are more than a diagnosis. Let's use this opportunity to "Fill the Bridge" to show our support and celebrate our diversity." - Vacharee Howard, Executive Vice President of NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties.
On Saturday, Sept. 29th, check-in will begin promptly at 6 p.m. at the registration tent near the corner of Hendry Street and Edwards Drive and various activities for all ages will take place throughout the evening, including activities for those who wish to participate, but not walk. Fundraising walk teams are also encouraged.
Register for free at NAMIWalks Southwest Florida at https://namilee.org/
NAMIWalks is a 5K event that raises awareness and funds for NAMI organizations across the U.S. Last year alone, NAMIWalks collectively raised $11.4 million for mental health initiatives. Each NAMIWalks event brings people of all ages and fitness levels together for a compelling cause. Those who are unable to walk are still welcome to register and participate as a volunteer or "virtual walker." Walk participants are encouraged to build a team and fundraise to support the work of their local, regional or state NAMI organization.
ABOUT NAMI LEE, CHARLOTTE AND HENDRY COUNTIES:
Founded in 1979, NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI is an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations, and volunteers who work in communities across the nation. Due to the generosity of gifts and contributions, NAMI is able to provide information through education programs, support through the NAMI Help Line, and advocacy at national and state levels. In addition, NAMI successfully fights stigma by hosting public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week, and NAMIWalks.