A Virtual NAMIWalks? YES!

You might have thought we were going down that road – as in a walk withOUT a road – and you would have been right!

Our annual outreach and fundraising Walk (formerly known as MINDWalk) is going to look a little different this year – and it’s not just the name! We are NOT canceling it – not when our collective mental health needs are at their greatest. Instead of canceling or postponing the walk, which would reduce funding when our programs and advocacy are needed more than ever, we are please to announce a walk for our times:

NAMIWalks Your Way
October 3, 2020

What is NAMIWalks Your Way?

It’s exactly what it sounds like! We’ll offer up some great activities and ideas leading up to the event and on event day, but you get to make NAMIWalks your own! What’s even more exciting is knowing that you will be joining with thousands of other participants around the country who will be a part of one of the 115+ NAMIWalks happening!

How does it work?

In the month leading up to the event we will offer daily activities for you to enjoy – recipes, inspirational messages, craft ideas, meditations and more! Then on October 3, you get to make NAMIWalks your own. We’ll provide livestream and recorded video messages, but

you will get to make the rest of the day unique for you and/or your team. Choose something that has meaning for you or something you enjoy to do. Get creative and have a fun, good day!

Need ideas?

  • Walk a 5K around your neighborhood
  • Walk around your garden
  • Jump onto a favorite exercise equipment.
  • Plan that dream vacation
  • Practice a musical instrument
  • Hula hoop in your kitchen in your pajamas
  • Take a bike ride
  • meditate for 20 minutes
  • Cozy up with a good book
  • Play virtual bingo with your team through Zoom
  • Come up with your own creative idea!

Need more ideas? Click here!

What happened to the MINDWalk name?

Good question! Since we are changing up the format this year, and we knew this would be a very unique fundraiser, we decided to make some further changes and reunite with NAMI’s NAMIWalks program. This will provide us with great new ideas, a new online fundraising platform, and the opportunity to unite with the 115+ other NAMIWalks around the country.

Want to learn more and missed our Kick Off Rally?

You can now view a video that highlights what we shared at this rally – what our walk is, how to fundraise during a virtual walk, building a virtual team and more.

Do you need help registering your personal or your team fundraising page? Use this step-by-step tutorial video to help you through the process:

How can my business become a sponsor of this awesome event?

By being a sponsor of this event, you are joining us on the front lines to raise awareness and ensure that all Vermonters continue to receive the necessary support and education they need to maintain their mental health.

If you are interested in supporting NAMI Vermont’s NAMIWalks Your Way Virtual Event, you can download a sponsorship brochure and letter explaining more about the event, the different sponsorship levels and benefits, and how to sign up.

Contact NAMI Vermont at walk@namivt.org and we’ll lead you through the set up process if you’d like pay online.

Special Thanks to our 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.

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:

  • 12+ support groups throughout the state
  • Educational courses that include: 8-week intensive classes, one-day workshops, presentations and provider classes that focus on mental health recovery, management, treatment, and wellness.
  • 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 a mental health condition and achieving recovery.

Together, we can work toward our goal of Mental Health for All!