SEATTLE, WA, MAY 22, 2017 – The 13th annual NAMIWalks Washington, benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington (NAMI) and its 22 affiliates statewide, will be held on Saturday, June 3 at Marina Park in Kirkland, WA. Check-in and family-friendly entertainment will begin at 8:00 am, with step-off for the 5K Walk at 9:00 am. The Walk will be held rain or shine.
“NAMIWalks has become a tradition for so many Washingtonians living with a mental illness and their loved ones,” said Lauren Simonds, Executive Director of NAMI Washington. “The Walk brings the community together to shine a light on the stigma attached to mental illness. With 1,000 participants and 50 corporate and community partners, NAMIWalks provides an extremely public opportunity to show support for people living with mental illness and the need for greater access, care, and acceptance.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit NAMI Washington and its affiliates to improve the quality of life for individuals living with mental illness and their families through NAMI’s education, support, and community programs – provided at no cost to those served.
“Over the past 12 years, NAMIWalks has grown into a festival like celebration,” commented Simonds. “For the 13th anniversary we are planning the best Walk yet. We will have complimentary Starbucks, food trucks, a face painter, as well as a DJ and performances – so there will be something for all participants!”
Registration is free. To sign-up as an individual walker, form a team, volunteer, or become a sponsor, please visit www.namiwalks.org/washington or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alkermes, NAMIWalks National Elite Sponsor
Fairfax Behavioral Health, Title Sponsor
Perkins Coie, Major Sponsor
About NAMI Washington
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI operates at the national, state and local levels. NAMI Washington provides educational resources and events, statewide outreach, advocacy and affiliate organizational support, as well as no-cost trainings that allow NAMI affiliates to provide NAMI signature classes, support groups and presentations in their local communities. There are 22 NAMI affiliates in local communities across Washington State.