Walks For Mental Health Awareness

No mater what people are going through, everyone wants to know that they have support while they go through it.  When it comes to mental illness, people often feel alone. Between the stigmatization of mental illnesses, taking the stressful first step to seek help, and suffering setbacks, having a mental illness is a lot to handle. When people support mental health organizations, they remind others that mental illnesses are nothing to be ashamed of.  Supporting these causes also allows them to continue their work.  If you’re looking for a way to support those who are suffering, or if you’re looking for an opportunity to meet others who will support you, there are events all over the country geared towards raising funds for mental health charities.  Below are just a few:

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1. NAMIWalks

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) hosts awareness walks in over 80 locations in the United States.  Once you register for the walk in your area, you can fundraise for NAMI.  At the time of writing this post, NAMIWalks have raised almost 1 million dollars this year for the organization! There is also the option to join as a virtual runner, which would allow you to raise funds for NAMI no matter where you’re located.

2. Run For It 5k

Every year, To Write Love On Her Arms hosts a 5k in Florida.  They also allow supporters to create virtual teams that will allow participants to run no matter where they live.  Just like with NAMIWalks, the Run For It 5k lets you fundraise for TWLOHA through a donation page.  Since TWLOHA is my favorite non-profit organization, I created a virtual team for all of my blog readers!  I will be running in Albany, New York, but I would love for you to join me in my fundraising efforts for this organization.  If you would simply like to fundraise, all you have to do is join my team on that page.  If you’d like to be registered officially as a participant and receive a T-shirt for the event, sign up by purchasing the event bundle.  The $25 for the shirt and runner’s bib are considered your official registration.  When you create your fundraising page, remember to join my team, Brianna Fae: Mental Health Blog.

3. Out Of The Darkness Walks

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosts fundraiser walks in communities and on college campuses.  The Out Of The Darkness walks are held in hundreds of locations in the United States, and also let you fundraise as a virtual runner.  Some students at my former college participated in this event last year, which is how I heard about it.

Of course, there are other ways to support mental health organizations.  You can volunteer, intern, or attend any of their local events.  I limited this post to walks and 5k’s because they allow you to participate regardless of your location.  No matter which organization you choose to support, you can create your own 5k course, or you can join up with others in your community (psssst: if you’re in Albany and you’re reading this, I hope to see you on April 15th!)

Keep fighting for what matters!

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