On May 19, the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan will be hosting their 16th annual Stomp Out Stigma walk for mental health.
Kandice Sloop, program coordinator of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan has been a part of the Stomp Out Stigma walk for the last 10 years.
“I have seen the walk grow in numbers which is awesome,” Sloop said. “But I have also seen an increase in conversations surrounding mental health. We need to continue to educate and talk about our mental health. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Our walk is fun, and it brings families and supporters together for an important cause.”
The walk helps spread awareness about mental health and encourages others to discuss the importance of it.
There is no fee to participate in the walk. Those interested in receiving a t-shirt must raise $100 individually by starting a fundraiser in support of the walk. All proceeds for the walk will go towards the “be nice.” campaign and the “Live, Laugh, Love: Educating Youth About Mental Health education program. This program focuses on using methods to help educate students, parents, and teachers on the symptoms of mental health disorders and to assist young individuals who have been affected by mental illness and how to seek treatment.
Sponsors such as Amway, Network 180, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Wellers Truck parts and several others will receive a t-shirt based off of their contribution. The walk will be three miles and will start at Grand Valley State University, Seward Parking Lot and will continue along the riverwalk. Those who would like to donate to the Stomp Out Stigma walk or start a specific fundraiser or team to participate in the walk can visit their fundraiser page.
Participants must arrive by 8 a.m. The walk will start at 9 a.m. and will continue until 11:30 a.m. Participants can register at the “be nice.” webpage. There will be free parking available at the Seward Parking ramp located at 520 Lake Michigan Dr. The walk will go on regardless of rain or sunshine.