A Virtual NAMIWalks? YES!

We had such a great response to our first ever virtual fundraising event! Thank you to everyone who participated in your own way for our NAMIWalks Your Way Vermont event! We made history with our first ever virtual fundraising event on October 3.

And what a day it was! We had recorded messages and livestreaming. We had people all over the state hiking and biking and spreading kindness and raising awareness! Whatever activity you did, you helped us shine a light on mental health!

Our grand total this year was $26,225! This is 65% of our overall fundraising goal.

This is remarkable given all of the obstacles we have faced this year. In fact, the average goal for NAMIWalks across the country this year was 66%. We should be proud of our little state for what we accomplished – remotely!

On October 3, we shared photos and video messages throughout the day on social media to help raise awareness about mental health and provide encouragement and support. You can find these videos and photos from participants on our:


We also offered daily virtual activities in the month leading up to October 3 and a Spotify playlist of motivational and uplifting songs. Good news! We’re leaving these up for awhile longer for you to enjoy!


Each day has a specific activity related to the theme of the day – from FunDay Sunday to Crafty Saturday. The activities range from craft ideas to fall recipes; from mindful exercises to physical activities and more! Click the calendar below!


We’ve worked with other NAMI organizations around the country to pull together a playlist of inspiring mental health songs for you to listen to during your activity on Saturday. Whether you are walking or biking or working out in the garden, use this playlist to keep you moving!

Please note: you will need to login to Spotify to hear the complete list. If you do not have a Spotify account, it’s really easy – and FREE – to sign up. Visit https://www.spotify.com/us/ to learn more.

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Thank You to Our 2020 NAMIWalks Your Way Vermont Community Sponsors

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.






BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Counseling Service of Addison County
Co-Op Insurance Companies
Health Care & Rehabilitation Services
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
Washington County Mental Health Services

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!