Once again we ask you to join us, Thee General Grand Masonic Congress (G.G.M.C.) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) along with thousands of other concerned citizens in over 85 communities across the nation to walk with us to raise money and awareness in the Month of May 2024. This year's walk, like those in the pass, are designed to help ensure vital, Free NAMI programs and services are available to give hope to those in need. Every journey begins with that first step...the journey to accessing Mental Health for so many continues with you.
How can you help us accomplish the goal to raise funds and awareness for this worthy cause? Purchase one of our Walkathon T-Shirts Available above. We all will wear a version of the same T-Shirt to show our solidarity and support on our May NAMI Walk across the Nation. Use the Links to Purchase your Exclusive T-Shirt and Register for the Walk, along with several other ways to Sponsor & Support Us.
It's not how far we walk. It's how far we have come. When NAMIWalks, we knock down walls. We topple obstacles. We realize dreams.
What Is Mental Health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry; Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse; Family history of mental health problems. Mental health problems are common, but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better, and many recover completely.
- Biological factors, such as genes
- Brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Mental health problems are common, but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better, and many recover completely.
Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little.
- Pulling away from people and usual activities.
- Having low or no energy.
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters.
- Having unexplained aches and pains.
- Feeling helpless or hopeless.
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared.
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends.
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in the relationship.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, they are an alliance of more than 600 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
The General Grand Masonic Congress (G.G.M.C.) was organized on June 27, 1847, in Boston, MA. We are a non-profit 501c (10) Masonic organization that strives to make good men and women better by improving themselves, their families, and their community. In that Light, we are partnering up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to bring awareness to Mental Health and how it is affecting so many people in the United States and around the World. We are organizing a Campaign for a Nationwide Walkathon in the Month of May with NAMI to Raise Funds and bring Awareness to Mental Health. During this time, we would like to partner with you in this effort; you can add your support in several ways through this website by giving Donations, Sponsorship, or Volunteering. You can also help by Raising Funds and Awareness through the purchase of our Mental Health Awareness T-Shirt and Walkathon in May (see your local campaign) for more details. In the United States, the color green and the month of May are used to bring awareness.
However, World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on people's lives worldwide.