Every year, NAMIWalks NH brings thousands of Granite Staters together for the state’s single largest mental health awareness and suicide prevention event. Together, we promote awareness of mental illness and suicide, raise funds for NAMI New Hampshire, and build community so people know they are not alone. This year presents many new challenges – and, as you might have expected, the 18th Annual NAMIWalks NH is going virtual!
Nothing will ever take the place of over 2,000 of us gathered together in Concord, united in hope. However, the health and safety of our walkers, volunteers, staff, and the community is our top priority.
What does this mean for you?
We are pleased to announce our participation in NAMIWalks Your Way: A National Day of Hope on Saturday, October 10, 2020. NAMIWalks Your Way means you and your team members can make the day your own. Some of our participants will still be walking this year – around the block, doing laps around the backyard, or on the treadmill, all while taking the most careful precautions and staying appropriately physically distanced. Other participants might go for a run, a bike ride, a hike, or a swim. They might be found hula hooping or paddle boarding or gardening or doing yoga. The beauty of NAMIWalks Your Way is the ability for you to engage in whatever activity you find meaningful – all while fundraising for NAMI New Hampshire and sharing activities on social media to raise awareness and show a united effort.
This is new for all of us, and we know you will have many questions. Here are some tips for getting started:
Create a team or register as an individual walker by clicking here.
- Download the NAMIWalks Your Way Participant Guide.
- Check out some great Virtual Fundraising Ideas and Steps to Fundraise for a Virtual Walk from NAMI National. Have ideas of your own? Please share them with us!
Check out social media footage from the spring Day of Hope. Over 30 spring walks went virtual on May 30th, and we are fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from their experience.
The pandemic has challenged all of us in ways we could not have imagined a few months ago. We know the collective mental health needs of individuals, families, and our communities are great and will continue to grow in the coming months. Our programs and advocacy are needed now more than ever. In the wake of the pandemic, the support services, education programs, suicide prevention trainings, and advocacy provided by NAMI NH will be essential for Granite Staters affected by mental illness and suicide. You can help by joining us as a virtual walker, fundraising for NAMI NH, and raising awareness of mental health and suicide
Sponsorship Opportunities – Contact Kristen Welch for more information
Because of you, we had more walkers, more teams, and raised more funds than ever in 2019. While NAMIWalks NH looks different this year, your generosity, dedication, passion, and compassion remain unchanged. United in our commitment for #mentalhealthforall, we are sure to have the most successful walk yet!
Soccer Fields at 73 South Fruit St., Concord, NH 03301 (across from Memorial Field)
9:00 am – Onsite Registration Opens 10:15 am – Brief Program & Remarks
10:30 am – Walk Starts!
(5K downtown route or shorter 3/4 mile option)
Updates & Reminders
NAMIWalks NH is family-friendly, dog-friendly, free & FUN – sign up your friends, colleagues and neighbors!
If you can’t join us in person, please register as a Virtual Walker!
New & Returning FUN: Portable rock climbing wall, bounce house, photo booth, music, face painting, puppet show, balloons, Zumba, BBQ lunch (including veggie burgers) & MORE!
Pup Tent: Bring your Dog Costume Contest competitors to the Pup Tent upon arrival (ideally by 9 AM) to enter the Dog Costume Contest. This year’s winners will be decided by vote – all Walkers are encouraged to stop by the Pup Tent to cast their vote! Voting closes at 10AM.
Raffle Tent: Every registered Walker gets (1) complimentary ticket to win some fabulous prizes! Enter to win, and purchase additional tickets, at the Raffle Tent.
Why NAMIWalks NH Matters
Last year, NAMI New Hampshire provided education, support and advocacy to more than 29,000 Granite Staters affected by mental illness and suicide. Every year, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in 5 adults and children across the United States.
NAMIWalks NH is the Granite State’s largest mental health and suicide prevention event, last year bringing together 2,000+ participants to celebrate mental illness recovery, to honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness and to help raise funds, #crushstigma and promote awareness.
NAMI New Hampshire is a grassroots organization working to improve the lives of all people affected by mental illness and suicide through support, education and advocacy .
Please contact Brittany Porter via email or phone at 603-225-5359 ext. 349.
Walk Day Instructions for Team Captains & Walkers
TEAM CAPTAINS (TCs): go promptly to the Team Meeting Area & stay near the letter with which your team name starts. TCs gather ALL team member checks, cash, & materials and place in large TC envelope (envelopes available at Registration or from TC Coordinators in Team Meeting Area). Bring your envelope to Registration Tent no later than 10 AM.
PRE-REGISTERED TEAM MEMBERS: head to the Team Meeting Area & find your team’s designated letter. Give all cash, checks, etc.to your TEAM CAPTAIN.
UNREGISTERED TEAM MEMBERS: Visit the Day-of Registration tables at the Registration Tent. Save time on Walk Day by registering online today!
PRE-REGISTERED INDIVIDUAL WALKERS: head to the Pre-Registered TC/Individual Walker Table at the Registration Tent.
UNREGISTERED INDIVIDUAL WALKERS: visit the Day-of Registration tables at the Registration Tent. Save time on Walk Day by registering online today!
NAMIWalks NH is the largest mental health awareness and fundraising event in NH. This event helps NAMI NH provide education, support, and advocacy for more than 29,000 adults and children affected by mental illness and suicide each year.
Please join us for the 18th Annual NAMIWalks on Sunday, October 4th in Concord! Free online registration is now open. NAMIWalks NH is family-friendly, dog-friendly, and FUN!
View our lineup of fantastic 2019 Walk teams!
You Can Help!
Want to add your company to the list of businesses who understand the impact of
mental illness and are taking steps to help?
Contact us – 603-225-5359, or email@example.com to get started!
Mental illness is a chronic disease that affects over 254,000 adults and 55,000 children in NH each year.
In the US, the annual economic, indirect cost of mental illnesses is estimated to be $79 Billion. Most of that amount – approximately $63 Billion – reflects the loss of productivity.
- A study conducted on the effects of depression in the workplace found that depression caused a loss of $44 Billion each year.
- More than 90% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder.
- Mental Illness treatment has a better recovery rate than treating heart disease.
NAMI NH provides support, education and advocacy to individuals and families affected by mental illness. Each year we provided hope and help to over 29,000 NH residents.
5K + shorter route available
Post-Walk – enjoy music, a BBQ lunch with hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and entertainment.
* NAMIWalks NH is family-friendly + dog-friendly. Walk route is approximately 5K, with a shorter option also available. *
Thank you for supporting NAMIWalks NH for the first 17 years; we can’t wait to welcome you to the 18th Annual NAMIWalks NH on Sunday, October 4th!