St. Anthony Villagers 2018

NAMIWalks Minnesota

Please join team "St. Anthony Villagers 2018" and support the important work of NAMI Minnesota!  If you can’t attend the event, you can still join the team online and help raise funds.  Please invite your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. to help NAMI Minnesota.

A message from the team captain:

Hello St. Anthony Villagers!  I am asking for your help, please.  My name is Brian Jost.  My wife Sarah and I have lived in St. Anthony since 2012.  Our son Avery and daughter Olive are starting 2nd grade and kindergarten at Wilshire Park this fall, 2018.  In 2005 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1.  That’s when I discovered NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness).  NAMI Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. For over 40 years, NAMI Minnesota has worked to promote the development of community mental health programs and services, change public attitudes about mental illnesses, improve access to services and increase opportunities for recovery.  

I have been on staff at NAMI Minnesota since 2012 and this year I am the NAMIWalks captain of team “St. Anthony Villagers 2018.”  One of the simplest and most exciting ways to participate in NAMI’s movement and mission is to support the NAMIWalks event to help raise awareness about mental illnesses as well as raise funds to help the organization to continue its important mission.  Last year over 4,000 people attended the NAMIWalks event at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.    

   - Brian Jost / team captain

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Message from NAMI Minnesota:

This will be the 12th NAMIWalk in Minnesota! You are invited to take part in one of the largest NAMIWalks in the country and the largest mental health awareness event in the state. It is an incredibly inspiring event to see so many people come out to raise awareness about mental illnesses. Most of the mental health and health care organizations participate in the walk demonstrating their support for this issue and for NAMI Minnesota.

The walk is about recovery, resiliency and hope.  It is about enjoying a beautiful fall day with family, friends and co-workers.  It’s about changing the way our community views mental illness. It’s about creating a movement. It’s about showing people that you will support them on this journey – no one needs to walk alone. Helen Keller said that “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

NAMIWalks supports many of the programs provided by NAMI Minnesota including the helpline, public policy advocacy, education programs for parents of children and adults, peer led support groups, grassroots organizing and much more. Last year NAMI Minnesota reached over 28,000 people through our education classes and presentations, including over 6,300 through suicide prevention classes and over 9,600 teens through our Ending the Silence program. In all, over 180,000 people were served through all of our programs. The need for NAMI’s programs are great – and the walk makes these programs possible.

We hope you will join us on September 22nd.  Please register today. Thanks to you it is one of the largest walks in the country!  We want this year to be even better than last year.


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