I’m Walking for Lizzie and Millions Affected by Mental Illness


Saturday, October 3, 2009

NAMI Walks Los Angeles County
Sixth Annual
Walk for the Mind of America
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Join me and thousands of others in a 5K walk to…

  • Fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness
  • Build awareness of improvements needed to our mental health system
  • Raise funds for NAMI to continue its mission of support, education and advocacy

(More about NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, below)

I am walking October 3 for my wife Elizabeth and all those whose lives are touched by mental illness.

Major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder… the number of people in our country dealing with some form of mental illness is shocking and surprising:

One in four adults—nearly 60 million Americans—experience a mental health disorder in a given year. One in seventeen lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. And about one in ten children have a serious mental or emotional disorder. (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)

Don’t forget the millions of family members of people with mental illness. You cannot imagine what it is like to love and care for someone with mental illness.

Mental illness tests the bonds of love, even between parent and child.

In my case, I love my wife very much, but there are times when I wish she were dead. Those with even a moderately mentally ill family member, let alone severely ill, know exactly what I mean.

Fewer than one-third of adults and half of children with a diagnosable mental disorder receive any mental health services in a given year.

We cannot lose hope, or sit back and do nothing. That’s why NAMI Walks is so important.

In more than sixty communities across the nation, thousands of people will participate in NAMI Walks to raise awareness about mental illness and money for education, research, and advocacy.

Please come and walk with me (at one of the most scenic areas in all LA, you’ve seen it in the movies and TV a million times—the Santa Monica pier, the beach, Palisades Park) or…


Visit my personal NAMI Walk LA “walker website” to sign up or donate: http://www.nami.org/namiwalks09/LOS/steveb

Donating online is fast and secure, and I’ll get immediate notification via e-mail of your donation.

All proceeds benefit NAMI Walks Los Angeles County. Programs include support, education, advocacy and the encouragement of research involving mental illnesses. Believe me, your money will do a world of good for people in our community suffering with mental illness and their families.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a national grassroots support and advocacy organization serving the needs of all those whose lives are touched by mental illness.

This includes persons with mental illness, their families, friends, employers, the law enforcement community and policy makers.

Click here for some information I put together on NAMI.

NAMI is a 501c3 charity and any donation you make to support my participation in this event is tax deductible.

NAMI has been rated by Worth magazine as among the top 100 charities “most likely to save the world” and has been given an “A+” rating by The American Institute of Philanthropy for efficient and effective use of charitable dollars.

Elizabeth and I thank you in advance for your support.

Steve Blaszcak