NAMIWalks NC 2020 – Update


“Step Up” to the Challenge!

NAMIWalks is NAMI North Carolina’s biggest fundraising and awareness event of the year.  It is a vital part of our ability to help those affected by mental illness build better lives.  The Walk was originally scheduled for May 16th, 2020, but the COVID-19 Virus has changed our plans a bit.  Yes,  NAMIWalks NC is going to be a little different this year. No, we are NOT canceling the Walk, not when our collective mental health needs are at their greatest.

The NAMIWalks community knows how to think on its feet. Instead of canceling the Walk, which would reduce funding when NAMI NC programs and advocacy are needed more than ever, or even postponing it, we are pleased to announce a walk for our times, NAMIWalks Your Way.

It’s like our traditional NAMIWalks, only virtual and with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination.  Getting to Raleigh is no longer a part of the equation – NAMIWalks Your Way means what it sounds like: With so many of our lives compromised and constrained, you get to make NAMIWalks your own. You can walk around your block, you can walk around your garden, you can walk with a wok in your kitchen. If you work from home, now you can walk at home. You can stand on your head. You can a form a team and see who is the funniest, fastest or most artistic. You can “Hula hoop for hope.” You can self-fundraise while you self-quarantine — or do it as part of a can participate from your own community – even your own home!

With fewer physical limitations, this year we are looking forward to spreading the excitement of this event with special online happenings and activities leading up to the big day–which is May 30, 2020!

Still don’t understand what YOUR Virtual Walk can be? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions document (FAQ) and let us know if you have questions at

In year’s past we have had approximately 1,500 participants in our Walk. By eliminating geographic limitations we actually hope to exceed that participation for 2020. So if you haven’t already registered, click here and register today to get started – it’s free!

Have you already registered?  Take a look at our Participant Tool Kit for helpful hints on how to make the most of your NAMIWalks.

Together we’ll continue to work toward our goal of Mental Health for All.