14th annual walk for mental illness in Springfield, MA next week


The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts is hosting a walk in celebration of dignity, hope, recovery and resilience in their annual walk-a-thon. The fundraiser is being called A Journey of Hope and Recovery and is taking place May 18 at King Philip's Stockade in Forest Park.

"One in four adults has mental illness, and one in 10 children have it," said the alliance's Western Massachusetts president, Bernice Drumheller, of Wilbraham. "There is such a stigma (attached to mental illness), and when there’s stigma, this causes people not to seek treatment. We want this walk to be a celebration of dignity, hope, recovery and resilience for people with mental illness and their families."

The walk begins at 11am and continues until 3pm with hot dogs, t-shirts (for walkers), special guest speakers and raffles. Prizes include box seats to a Boston Red Sox game, an iPad and $200 cash.

"We ask people to get sponsors and we invite them to participate, but they can also send donations," Drumheller said. "We operate on donations and grants alone, so we must raise our own funds."

Those interested can email [email protected] or visit namiwm.org to make donations.


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