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
I am often asked why do I try to raise awareness for those with mental health issues by giving free hugs. My answer is simply because you never know when a hug may save a life, which is true, but I was pressed for a more deeper answer.
So, why do I do it? Because too many people do not understand what it is we go through, even ourselves. We are afraid to tell anyone how we feel because once we do our feelings becomes real.
As long as we keep it locked away inside we can continue to lie to ourselves and say that everything is fine. We are afraid of being looked at differently, like an animal in a zoo, locked away because someone uses a word they truly do not understand, like crazy. Because there are those trapped inside themselves and do not know how to escape. I know, I am one of those people. By raising awareness perhaps there is a chance that we can just live.
|Donor||Donation Amount||Donation Date||Comment|
|Jo Ann Pate||$25.00||3/30/2018||Proud to support such a wonderful person and cause!|
|* offline donation|