Two years ago, I found out about NAMIwalk, a special walkathon coordinated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). I walked with my then 19 month old daughter, my purpose was simple: raise funds and awareness of mental and behavioral health; as a means to reduce stigma and break unnecessary silences. And this year, I plan to do it again.
As you know, mental health is a topic very close to my heart, and my mother carries a very serious mental health diagnosis. That said, having a family member or loved one with a chronic mental health condition is no easy task, and it certainly isn't something people should go through alone. NAMI provides peer supports, community based education and skill development, and more. Please consider sponsoring me to ensure funding to the programs and supports provided by NAMI remain available to people who need it most.
The walk is here in Boston (Artesani Park in Brighton) on Saturday, May 12th (rain or shine). I have a fundraising goal of $320, which averages to about $10 dollars per day until my walk date.
To donate please go to my walk page: http://www.nami.org/namiwalks12/MAS/Dianneshats
To read more about my journey, please check out links to the right.
To learn more about mental and behavioral health, please visit NAMI: http://www.nami.org/
Thanks for your friendship, and for your support.
Diane & Zora. Walking for Nana.