Our NAMIWalks event will be a little different than what you might expect from a walk event— while making a lot of difference. We invite you to walk “your way" from beach to battleship (or beyond) - meaning YOU get to choose what you want to do on Walk Day!


Our collective mental health needs are at their greatest now.  One in three U.S. adults reported experiencing depression or anxiety since the pandemic began. NAMI Virginia's programs and advocacy are needed more than ever, and with your help, we are pleased to present NAMIWalks Your Way Virginia on Saturday, October 9, 2021,

Wine Toasting
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Festive Dinner
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Have a chance to win phenomenal prizes from great local businesses and volunteers while also providing help, hope, support, and advocacy to your community!


NAMI Coastal Virginia Winning NAMIWalks Team 2019

Over the past few years, our NAMI Coastal team has been the highest fundraising team in the state! We'd love to have you join our team or create your own.

Click the links below or contact us to make it happen!


Our marvelous Team Captain, John Ickes aka GreenRibbonGrandstander, would be happy to help (or have your help) with anything.  He can be reached at (757)286-7051.  

Join our team!

  • Walking 3,500 steps for a 5K their way

  • Planning a craft day with their kids 

  • Holding a virtual bake-off with their team   

  • Practicing self-care with a favorite hobby: yoga, gardening, knitting 

  • Doing a 5K on the treadmill or stationary bike 

  • Hosting a virtual paint and sip party

What participants are doing on event day:

Together, we are moving closer to a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.

Here are just a few reasons people have shared about why they walk:


"We're all a team - here to support and encourage each other along the way"

"NAMI brings families together. This is the 8th year my sister has walked with me."

"I know recovery is possible, and because  I care about your health"

"So it's OK to ask for help"

"To end stigma. My mental illness doesn't define me!"

"For my mom. Because mental illness doesn't mean she's worthless."

"For my recovery"

"For my other half"

"In memory of grandma"

"To kick depression's butt!"

Beyond helping the continuation of free educational/support programs for your community and helping to end the stigma, click the link below to learn other ways your fundraising efforts are recognized!

Why walk?

All funds raised directly support the mission of NAMI to provide support, education, and advocacy to individuals and families right here in our community.

  • The cost of material for one participant in one of our courses including Family-to-Family or Peer-to-Peer is covered by $100

  • $5 covers the cost of one welcome/information packet for a participant in our Family Support Groups

  • For our Connection Support Group facilitators, $100 can cover a yearly transportation stipend or a training session

  • $70 provides one In Our Own Voice presentation

  • Our Quarterly Programs - including a volunteer recognition event - can be supported by $500 which provides transportation for Beach House members, dinner, and promotion.

  • To keep our Helpline running and a space for volunteers to be available for support and answers, $440 covers monthly rent, and $125 covers monthly phone and internet service

  • $30 covers costs of mailing, including advertising, office supplies, and postage

  • Any amount helps us with the ability to collaboratively explore new solutions and expand our programming in to our community. We couldn't do this without you!

How contributions are used

Sponsor one of the largest mental health awareness events in the state! With varying levels of sponsorship, there are many ways your organization/business can partner with NAMI Virginia to make this year's event a success!


For more information, download the 2020 Sponsorship by clicking the link below, or Contact John Ickes at 757-286-7051 for information.

Become a sponsor

Mental Health Statistics - NAMI Walks 2020