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NAMIWalks takes place on Saturday, November 20

Mark your calendar and lace up your walking shoes! The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI for short, is thrilled to be partnering with Nyjah Huston, Pro Skateboarder, the 2021 Grand Master for NAMIWalks, to raise mental health awareness in the community and the entire country. All of NAMI’s programs are free of cost. This is possible through the donations received during the NAMIWalk. NAMI supports parents, teens, and adults experiencing &/or loving someone with a mental health condition. NAMIWalks means “putting one foot in front of the other,” in whatever way you can. This is an in-person event as well as a virtual event, whichever option works better for you.

The in-person event, NAMIWalks, will take place at Angel Stadium, 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806 on Saturday, Nov. 20th from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST. The Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. Catholic Mental Health Ministers, led by Margery Arnold as captain, will sponsor a group to walk at Angel Stadium. The team website to donate is https://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=46515. The theme is “Walking With You and For You.” Walkers are asked to obtain donations to raise funds to support this effort. There is no fee to register as a walker or team captain. Every person who raises $100 will be recognized on walk day with an event T- shirt.

The virtual experience, “NAMIWalks Your Way,” will be united with NAMIWalks across the country, to exemplify the motto, “United, we insist on Mental Health for All.” You can participate in the virtual event through social media: #NotAlone • #finishformentalhealth. Those who cannot meet at Angel Stadium can do other options, such as: do a 5K on a treadmill or stationary bike; plan a craft day with their children; create a safe and socially distanced stroll in their neighborhood, etc.

It is estimated that one out of every three U.S. adults reported experiencing depression or anxiety since the beginning of the pandemic. NAMI’s programs and advocacy for mental health are needed more than ever.

If you have questions or are interested in walking and/or supporting the walkers at Angel Stadium, please contact Sara Kuester at [email protected] or call 714-873-9323.

This article was written by Rosemary Lewallen.