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NAMIWalks Nebraska is going Virtual- on May 30th! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in Nebraska, but collectively a cross the nation. On Saturday, May 30th, we are joining Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause. It’s a different format, but it’s going to be great. Together we can keep our NAMI family connected by providing insight, inspiration and most importantly hope.

Everyone at NAMI feels it is crucial to continue our great work and we hope you will be a part of it. Our virtual NAMIWalks Your Way is a walk wherever you are. You can walk in your house, in your yard, through your neighborhood, or you can do an activity instead of walk. It’s YOUR WAY, however, you’d like to participate. This is a time to do something that is meaningful to you. We ask you to register at namiwalks.org/nebraska and join us on May 30th, for NAMIWalks Your Way.

We are encouraging everyone to join us in NAMI Walks Your Way by fundraising and posting on social media asking your friends and family to support you. Remember to hashtag your photos and posts. #NAMIWalksNEveralone, #NotAlone #MentalHealthForAll as these are the hashtags all of the virtual walks will be using. People are paying close attention to their social sites now and many people feel like they want to do something, let them choose to help you reach your goal. Please like and follow NAMI Nebraska’s Facebook page for creative and inspiring ideas for NAMIWalks Nebraska team captains and participants. NAMI Nebraska will be holding activities between now and the virtual walk on May 30th to promote the event and to bring the community together from a distance. We will have a virtual Bingo and raffles in which we will promote the walk while bringing us together as a community.

We’d love it if you would start a NAMIWalks team. There is always fun in doing something with others, and even if it’s virtual, it can be a lot of fun. We have teams planning on walking together wherever they are and using an app to stay connected such as Zoom, Facebook Messenger etc.. Be sure to like and follow NAMI Nebraska’s Facebook page for walk updates, games, prizes and other NAMIWalks Your Way ideas.

Times are uncertain, but one thing is for sure NAMI Nebraska is here for you and your loved ones. The need for our services has increased over the past month and will continue to as this situation continues. Even after the pandemic is over, the need for our services due to the emotional and mental toll, will be great. For years to come, we as a community will be seeing an increase in the need for our services due to the challenges people will be facing through PTSD.

We will get through this. It is our hope, as the need continues, our duty to keep providing the programs and services that our members have come to rely on. We need your help this year, more than ever before to be able to provide everything we have in the past.

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