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Step Forward Walk

NAMI exists to strengthen families and individuals affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy. NAMI Louisville is the local affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Louisville is membership-based and is headed by an executive director and supported by a host of dedicated volunteers.

We are truly thrilled to be able to kick off our biggest annual fundraiser in a new and exciting way addressing the current crowd gathering limitations we are all experiencing. We have always met the needs of our mental health community on a shoestring budget, but now more than ever we need your support!

Traditionally the first Saturday in June, the Step Forward for Mental Health Walk at Waterfront Park is usually kicked off during our annual membership meeting which had been scheduled for April 16th. While our walk may need to be pushed back from the planned date, we need to Step Forward NOW! Therefore, we are opening our registration for individuals, teams and sponsors today to bring our community together in support of mental health and to engage in some remote fun while we patiently wait for the return to normal activities.

Through the next month or more we will share out various competitions, activities and challenges that will allow our numerous teams to win prizes and challenge point for their teams. As always we will acknowledge the top three individual and corporate teams during the walk event but this preliminary month of activities will allow us time to build our participation and engage is fun activities to promote mental health and provide us with some distraction to the current events.

Please see the links below to register yourself or your team and get started sharing out the following links on social media to your friends and family. As a first goal we would like to share out prize points to the first 5 individuals, teams and corporate sponsors to register. In addition, we have set a goal of having a minimum of 100 people, or teams, registered within the first 10 days. All those registered, if we meet this goal, will be also receive prize points for their efforts.

To Participate:

  1. Register and build your team!
  2. Join our Step Forward Walk Facebook Group
  3. Use our hashtags #StepForward2020 and #NAMILouisville on any of your posts on our Facebook Page, Twitter, or Instagram
  4. Track your steps/miles and submit them every Sunday to be considered for the Weekly Leaderboard and overall competition for teams and individuals.
  5. Get ready to start with us on May 1st, 2020!


Upon registration you will receive an email outlining additional suggestion for team success and for building this effort into the biggest and best NAMI Step Forward Walk EVER! Your virtual registration now WILL count as your physical registration later, no additional fees will be requested from you come walk day. In addition, we will be sharing out a NAMI designed green bandana to all those who register at the time you receive your bandana you will also receive instructions on how you can utilize this bandana as a face-mask. Moreover, green always representing mental health is now also identified as the color for supporting victims of the COVID – 19 virus. I can wait to see photos posted of our members proudly wearing their NAMI bandanas as protection!

Get on your marks, get set, go! Hit the above registration link today and sign up for the NAMI Step Forward for Mental Health Walk today BECAUSE MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!



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