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NAMIWalks to End Mental Illness

It’s time for NAMIWalks 2018! 

Click here for 2017 NAMIWalks photos!










When: Saturday, May 12, 2018 (rain or shine!)
Where: Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Check-in: 9:00 AM
Walk Start: 10:00 AM
Distance: 5K
Goal: $200,000


How Does It Work?

Most of the money is raised before the Walk. Register to walk or become a Team Captain. Then ask friends, family, coworkers, and business associates to donate either in person or via email or letter. Share your story of why mental illness is important to you. You’ll probably find out that the persons you’re talking to have their own story to share, too.

Click here for registration details for NAMIWalks 2018!

We do accept general donations. If you’d like to make a general donation to the Walk (rather than to a specific team), click here.

Ways to participate

Become a Sponsor

Your company can help make the NAMIWalk possible through event sponsorship. And your visibility at the NAMIWalk will show thousands of people that you value mental health and wellness. You could even form your own corporate NAMIWalk Team! For information on sponsorships, contact Emily Bauer. You can also sponsor directly (in amounts from $250 to $15,000) by clicking here.

Become a Team Captain

Want to get your family members, friends, co-workers and business associates involved? Form a Team! You can form a Team to:

  • Celebrate recovery and remission from mental illness
  • Honor a family member who is affected by mental illness
  • Remember a loved one who lost their life due to mental illness
  • Engage in some friendly competition among agencies or companies
  • Develop more camaraderie with your coworkers
  • Have fun with friends and family while raising money for a great cause

If you are interested in becoming a team captain, please contact Emily Bauer.

Are you currently a team captain? Watch this brief tutorial for tips on navigating the NAMIWalks Website.


Volunteers contribute their time to help make the NAMIWalk a success. Volunteer assignments include Walk set-up and tear down and assistance with Walk-day registration, parking, refreshments, t-shirts, photos, and more. To learn more about volunteering, contact Lynn Mackey.

How Do We Use the Funds?

Our NAMIWalks 2018 goal is $200,000.

Your participation in the NAMIWalk enables NAMI Southwest Ohio to continue our mission of education, support and advocacy for those affected by mental illness. Proceeds help fund our programs, which we offer free to all participants (the NAMIWalk generates about half of our annual revenue).

Why do we offer our programs for free? Because NAMI recognizes that mental illness can affect every area of one’s life, including finances. Offering our services for free eases the burden.

NAMI Southwest Ohio is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.  All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Quick Tips to Help You Raise Funds

Watch these brief videos for tips on raising funds for the NAMIWalk and breaking the silence around mental illness.

Fees and Deadlines

  • There is no registration fee to register for the Walk, but all participants are encouraged to fundraise.
  • Ask your family members, friends, co-workers and business associates to support your fundraising efforts for NAMI!
  • All participants are required to register online for the Walk.


Contact Emily Bauer, Walk Manager. or call 513-351-3500. 

For NAMIWalks Frequently Asked Questions, visit


NAMI Southwest Ohio NAMIWalks Sponsors

Gold Sponsor



Silver Sponsor

UC Health


Kick-Off Sponsor

Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services


Start and Finish Line Sponsor

Clifton Healthcare Center


Bronze and Kilometer Sponsor

Beckett Springs


Bronze Sponsor


Cincinnati Children’s


New Housing Ohio






Central Clinic

Mercy Health Clermont

Molina Healthcare

St. Joseph Orphanage

Tender Mercies

United Healthcare



Kilometer Sponsor

Culver Lamb

Grant Us Hope

HK Campbell & Co

OCD Cakes

Rare Patient Voice





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