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2017 Step Forward for Mental Health Walk



We’re excited about your participation in the Walk this Saturday, August 12.  Here are several details for you to keep you in the know.


The event registration and mingling part starts at 9 am, where you will get to visit with our sponsors, enjoy a cup of coffee, and pick up your event t-shirt.


The Walk takes place at the Harbor Lawn of Waterfront Park on the river.  The address for the Green Parking Lot is 300 River Road. It is free to park there for our group. Additionally, Waterfront Park offers 7 parking lots, participants can park along the Waterfront side (north side) of River Road (meters are enforced on Saturday we’re told), and there is a surface lot across from the Great Lawn.

Golden Shoe Award:

Be sure to take part in our Golden Shoe Award by wearing the most fun, creative, unique, bling-ed out footwear.  As you know, mental illness affects all walks of life and this is our fun way to show that. Secret judges will be walking around prior to the walk looking for Adult and Child candidates for the coolest footwear.  Winners get a prize and of course, bragging rights.


If you know someone else who wants to join with you and walk but hasn’t registered yet, they still can online until 3 pm or by coming as a Walk-Up. Make sure you check in at the registration desk when you get there to get your t-shirt.

Program/Awards Ceremony:

We will kick-off our program around 9:40 am, then start walking at 10:30 am.  The Awards and Door Prize Ceremony will be held immediately upon everyone returning from the Walk, so stick around. Everything typically wraps up around 12noon.


We will have a Refreshment Tent with popcorn, snow-cones, fruit and granola bars, along with coffee, tea and water.

Kentucky Art Therapy Zone:

We will have an activity booth presented by the Kentucky Art Therapy Association. Make sure to check that out and learn more about them.

Impeccable Cadence Dance Team:

We’re pleased to bring back the Step Team for some pre-show entertainment around 10:15am.

Group Photo:

Right before you head out to walk, we will be assembling all walkers for a group photo to demonstrate our strength in numbers, and how we advocate for support for mental illness. Thanks in advance for helping us with this.


It’s not too late for you or a friend to support NAMI with a donation if you haven’t already – all the donations raised from the Walk are what allow NAMI Louisville to offer FREE support classes for families and their loved ones dealing with mental illness. Click here if you’d like to make one.

Social Media:

Click here for a graphic that you can use on your Facebook page on Walk Day – the more people who do this, the more we can get the message across about mental health awareness. Please remember to tag us and use the hashtags #stepforwardformentalhealth #stopthestigma #showotherstheyarenotalone

Sponsor Booths:

Meet and greet with our sponsors and learn a little more about all the ways they support mental health. While you’re in there, please also remember to thank them, too, for helping ensure our classes remain free.

Sponsors’/VIP Tent:

Sponsors, please enjoy the Sponsor Tent for a snack and a seat.  Team captains – you are welcome in there, as well.

Door Prizes:

We have several door prizes to distribute. Be sure to hold on to the special tickets you get at registration. Those will be drawn when we get back from the Walk, and you must be present to win.

Cool Zone:

The Cool Zone is back.  Stop in there to squirt your face with cold water, grab something to drink or a snow-cone.

Share Your Story/Selfie Station Tent:

This is new this year!  Hop in there to celebrate your fundraising efforts by taking a picture with a big check, customized just for you, or enjoy some of our other photo props.  Also, in here, be sure to fill out the What NAMI Means to Me card, or the Why We Walk card, or honor the people for whom you are walking.

Walk Routes:

Once again, we do have a longer route (about two miles) and a shorter route this year, but both routes will take off at the same time. Participants will be directed via signage and volunteers along the route. Click here to see the map.

Thanks, everyone!  We’re looking forward to a great day!

-Robin Miller

Walk Manager


Check out our great resources by clicking the links below!

Mental Illness Affects All Walks of Life

How to Step Forward for Mental Health for Businesses

How to Step Forward for Mental Health for Faith-Based Groups

How to Step Forward for Mental Health for Civic Groups

How to Step Forward for Mental Health in Education

People Give to People

Team Captain Guide

9 Ways to Raise Funds

Virtual Fundraising Program

Step Forward Walk One Pager


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