Thank You to Everyone
Who Attended and Supported

A few rain showers didn’t stop the 150 participants who gathered together on September 28 on the lawn of the First Unitarian Universalist Society for this year’s MINDWalk fundraising and outreach event. It was an energizing and exciting day as we walked downtown to raise awareness and stomp out the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Thanks to all of our donors, sponsors, and walkers, we are currently at 73% of our 2019 goal. We are just over $11,000 away from making our goal.

The good news is that there is still time to donate to our event or to one of our teams!

The MINDWalk fundraising site is still open and will remain so for another month! Just click on the green button below to make a donation:

You can also opt to send in a check or cash to be counted towards our event. Stop by our office or mail to NAMI Vermont, 600 Blair Park Road, Suite 301, Williston, VT  05495 and make sure to mark that this is for the MINDWalk 2019 event.

Our day started with a welcome from Executive Director Laurie Emerson and Board of Director’s Chair Phil Blackburn. Lieutenant Justin Couture of the Burlington Police Department and Mrs. Vermont International Teri Sibenaller offered encouraging words and awards were handed out. Then we kicked off the walk with local drumming group Sambatucada leading the way. The celebration continued after the walk with a BBQ, games, face painting, inspirational rock painting, music and fellowship.

Did we mention awards? We handed out a few awards on Saturday, along with some Ben & Jerry’s coupons to the following:

  • Highest Individual Fundraiser – Sara Moran
  • Highest Team Fundraiser – Families Together
  • Largest Fundraising Team – Northwestern Counseling & Support Services
  • Most Creative Team Spirit – Mudgie’s Minions

We’d also like to recognize the rest of our top 5 fundraising teams: Minds Matter 2, Mudgie’s Minions, Stigma Busters, and Team Never Give Up Hope

And the rest of our top 12 fundraising individuals: Erika Couture, Laurie Emerson, Kelly Ferguson, Patti Spence, Ellen Vaut, Aidan Morris, Patti Bauerle, Chip Siler, Dan Towle, Phil Blackburn and Connie Stabler.

Gallery of Photos of MINDWalk 2019

To view a full gallery of photos from this year’s event, visit our Facebook page. 

Here’s a sampling of photos from our fun day!







Special Thanks to our Current Generous Community Sponsors for our 2019 MINDWalk!






BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Clara Martin Center
Counseling Service of Addison County
Vermont Co-Operative Insurance Companies
Health Care & Rehabilitation Services
Lamoille County Mental Health Services
Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc.

We’d also like to thank all of the organizations who made in-kind donations to help make the 2019 event a success:

Bagel’s Plus
Burlington Bagel Company
Hannafords Williston Store
Vermont Discount Store
McKenzie Country Classics
Koffee Kup Bakery
Jay Peak Waterpark
Cumberland Farms
Epic Promise Vail Resorts/Stowe Mountain Resort
King Arthur Flour
Butch & Babe’s
Ben & Jerry’s

Funds from our walkathon support the following:

  • 17 support groups throughout the state
  • Educational trainings that include: 12-week intensive courses, one-day workshops, presentations and provider classes that focus on mental health recovery, management, treatment, and symptoms.
  • Advocacy to ensure a voice for peers and family members at the local, state and federal level to protect funding and ensure access to the right care at the right time in the right setting.
  • In Our Own Voice – an educational program in which two trained speakers share their compelling personal stories of living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

M.I.N.D. stands for Mental Illness Non-Discrimination. NAMI Vermont stands for families and individuals who need mental health care because it is health care, like any other kind of health care. We stand against mental health stigma in public policy, employment, and housing. We stand for all those who have faced hardship, crisis, death and loss at the hands of mental illness.

We stand (and we walk) for the hope of recovery and the courage of those to continue to strive for productive and meaningful lives with mental illness every day.

Please join us in giving a voice to the one in five members of the Vermont community that live with mental illness.