Who Are We:
Established in 2010 as the Walk to Washington, DC for Depression Awareness to later transforming into the Walk for Mental Health Awareness - Houston in 2011, the Walk Houston is a full voluntary run organization with the sole purpose of raising mental health awareness and funding for local non-profit agencies. We now have our event held during National Mental Health Week in October in Houston Texas.
Our Mission Statement:
The Walk for Mental Health Awareness – Houston is a community based event that helps raise awareness and funding for Greater Houston area non-profit agencies and programs that provide mental health services; creating an environment for our positive public dialog.
Our Vision Statement:
For those struggling under the weight of depression or a mental illness, past failures, or harmful relationships, every-day-living can feel like a death sentence. The physical, mental and emotional suffering steals the heart out of life and if left untreated, will ultimately destroy them. There is help and there is hope, but you can only find this by reaching outside of yourself. The Walk for Mental Health Awareness – Houston is a celebration of the hope of life after mental illness and a call to action by people in our community.
JOIN A TEAM* AND SUPPORT OUR POSITIVE PUBLIC DIALOG AND HELP END THE STIGMA!
*To create your own team for an agency; email your desired team name and your beneficiary walk Agency to Trinidad@thehoustonwalk.org.
For an example: Patrick Walkers (desired team name) | The Walk Houston (chosen walk agency | Team will be listed as: Patrick Walkers – The Walk Houston
For the lack of a better term I am using “Mental Issue,” M.I. for short, as a blanket term to describe what we have and deal with on a daily basis. I want to use “Issue” because I don’t want to call it an “Illness.”
Illness, to me anyway, implies that it can be cured, it’s something that you caught and didn’t have before. It’s a part of us, it’s in our DNA, and it’s something we didn’t choose to have but something we live with on a daily basis.
When our M.I. kicks in it’s called “An Episode.” An Episode of what? Are we a sitcom or drama that people sit back and watch? While it may certainly feel this way for non M.I.s, for those of us going through said “episode” it feels more like a storm. Comes on with little to no warning. A lot of huffing and puffing, with loud crashes of thunder. For this reason I will refer to them as Storms and not “Episodes.”
By talking we can begin healing and understanding on both sides. Ask questions and listen to the answers, don’t judge, don’t speak, just listen.
I am walking to help raise awareness. Please join my team to start helping raise funds for this walk or just leave a donation. Thank you for all your help.
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