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 2010 Walk To Washington To Raise Awareness for Depression

Aug. 14, 2010 marks the beginning of a 50-day cross-country trek 835-miles-long to raise awareness for depression. Walkers start in St. Louis, Mo. and finish in Washington D.C. where they will hand over a petition—one million signatures strong—proving that government and health care organizations need to support individuals with depression.

With each mile walked, the walkers will raise awareness for three crucial principles: Ensure equitable and adequate mental health treatment coverage in all public and private health care plans; Support policies that promote individual and family recovery from mental illnesses as integral to overall health; Commit to investing in America’s prevention, early intervention, treatment, and research related to depression.

 

  

Aug. 14, 2010 marks the beginning of a 50-day cross-country trek 835-miles-long to raise awareness for depression. Walkers start in St. Louis, Mo. and finish in Washington D.C. where they will hand over a petition—one million signatures strong—proving that government and health care organizations need to support individuals with depression.

With each mile walked, the walkers will raise awareness for three crucial principles: Ensure equitable and adequate mental health treatment coverage in all public and private health care plans; Support policies that promote individual and family recovery from mental illnesses as integral to overall health; Commit to investing in America’s prevention, early intervention, treatment, and research related to depression.

The Walk To Washington will also raise awareness about “The Walk”, a local annual event that can be implemented in cities across the country to raise awareness and support for individuals with depression, and encourage communities around the nation to create their own Walk.

Communities along the Walk To Washington route are set to hold rallies, which will be coordinated by both local and national organizations. Press kits will be sent to communities with populations higher than 5,000 and walkers will be prepared for interviews and rallies in each of these cities.

The Walk to Washington begins Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010 and concludes Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 with a culmination rally in Washington, D.C. complete with entertainment, speeches and politicians as special guests celebrating the recognition of the three integral petition principles that support individuals with depression.

Get Involved to raise awareness by sponsoring the DF Team!

Join Depression Forums and become one of DF’s Virtual Walkers with us!

Depression Forums is a proud sponsor of the Walk To Washington to raise awareness about the disease of Depression.

Sign their petition at:  http://www.walktowashington.org

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