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NAMI Sacramento's NAMIWalk, Spring 2017

Northern California NAMIWalk 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ 9am
William Land Park
1950 Sutterville Road
Sacramento CA

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What is NAMIWalks?
NAMIWalks—Changing Minds...One Step at a Time — is a nationwide even held in 83 communities around the country.  It is the largest anti-stigma effort in Northern California and America.  It raises public awareness about mental illness and allows individuals with mental illness and their families and friends, as well as the larger community, to gather for this special day.  Our NAMIWalk's have we hosted over 1,000 participants from Sacramento and the surrounding communities. 

Why Do We Walk?
The goal of the WALK is to raise both money and awareness of the need of our community to support a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness. 

While NAMI Sacramento is the host affiliate for the Northern California NAMIWalk, the proceeds from the Walk will benefit the following local NAMI Affiliates:  Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Yolo.

The funds that are raised through this WALK are used to support various NAMI programs that are offered at no cost in our community, including:

  • Basics
  • Family-to-Family Training
  • Family Support Groups
  • Peer-to-Peer Training 
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Crisis Intervention Training
  • Community Outreach and Education


Create a WALK Team
The success of the Northern California NAMIWalk comes through the establishment of Walk Teams.  The formation of each team helps to spread awareness about the work that NAMI does for mental health in our community.

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What does it cost to register?

There is no cost to register.  However, this is a fundraising event and we encourage walkers to solicit sponsors and donations.

Can I bring my kids to the Walk?

Yes, children are welcome to come to the Walk, including babies or toddlers in strollers.  We will have some special activities to amuse the children before the Walk.  However, children must be accompanied by their parents at all times; no childcare services are available.

Can I bring my dog to the Walk?

Yes, “people-friendly” dogs are welcome to come to the Walk, as long as they are kept on a leash while they are in the Park.  Please bring treats and water for your dog and disposable bags to clean up any dog waste.

Will there be anything to eat?

Yes, there will be free snacks and water for walkers.  In addition there will be food trucks selling various types of food items for a fee.  Many teams also bring their own food for a picnic in the park after the Walk.

Where can I park my car?

You can park on the Land Park side of Sutterville Road and in any of the parking lots in the Park, except for the lot adjacent to the Golf Course. In addition, we can use the Parking Garage at Sacramento City College across the street.  You can access the garage from the campus entrance on Sutterville Road.

Is there Disabled Parking available near the start of the Walk?

There is no disabled parking near the start of the Walk.  However, there is a location where you can drop off passengers or supplies near the Walk Registration Area on the 19th Street off Sutterville Road.  Volunteers will be there to assist you if needed. Then you will be asked to move your car to one of the other parking areas in Land Park or to the garage at City College.  There will be a free shuttle operating between the garage and the park between 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Is there a way to get to the Walk using public transportation?

Yes.  Regional Transit has a light rail station at Sacramento City College across from William Land Park.   In addition, there are several bus lines that go near the Park.  For additional information, go to or call 916.321.BUSS.

When does the Walk Start?

The Walk itself will start at 10:00 a.m., but Registration begins at 8:00.  There will also be a short pre-walk program from 9:15 to 10:00.  Please plan to come early enough to park, register (if necessary), listen to the speakers and walk with your team at 10 a.m.

When does the Walk End?

The Walk ends at noon.

Will there be any entertainment at the Walk?

Yes.  We are very pleased that the popular local band, Tune Buggy will be performing again live from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m.

Are there things to do besides walk?

Yes, there are many activities in addition to the Walk, including speakers, live entertainment, and an excellent resource fair featuring many local mental health service providers and other community partners.  Seating is available near the stage area.

Will there be a photographer?

Yes, we do have an official photographer who will be taking pictures throughout the day, but we recommend that you bring your own camera (or use your cell phone) if you want to make sure that you get photos of your team as a group.

I have a donor who gave me $100, can she get a T-Shirt?

Only walkers who raise or donate $100 can receive an official NAMIWalks T-Shirt.  However, a donor can register as a “virtual walker” even if they are unable to join you at the Walk.

Other questions?

If you have other questions please email or call 916.504.5470.


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