Saturday’s UNofficial walk in Prospect Park to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness-NYC exceeded all expectations.
We hugged, we walked, we shvitzed (because 90-degree summer weather decided to arrive earlier than expected!), we picnicked, and most meaningfully, we opened up about why mental health is important to us. We left with full hearts and, thanks to some terrific local sponsors and supporters, full bellies too.
After so many months of distance and isolation, it felt invigorating and yes, a little strange to be together, walking and talking side by side, without masks, reconnecting and bonding over a cause that touches all of us in one way or another.
Thank you to everyone who came out (over 40 of us!), donated and showed their support . I am so touched and grateful. To read more about the UNofficial NAMI-NYC Walk click to read the press release (below) and feel free to spread the word!
Stories have power; I want mine to touch as many people as possible to fight stigma and let others who struggle know that they are not alone.
Thanks to all the locally owned community groups and businesses who helped make the day possible with their generous contributions of food, decor and services.
Brooklyn High Low, Fridge No More, Two Hosts, and A Flower Grows in Brooklyn.