Why do I walk in the Portland NAMI Walk each year?

I will tell you honestly that I walk and serve as team captain because it is a part of my job.  I walk because it is a great way to get my family out and exercising on the beautiful Portland waterfront together.  I walk because my kids love the ice cream at the end (hint hint)!  I also walk because of the importance of organization’s such as NAMI and LifeWorks NW and the vital services offered to those in need.

I walk to lower stigma. I walk for so many reasons including my own family’s struggles with depression and anxiety, including my own that came to the surface in my mid-twenties at what seemed a high point in my life and career.

I walk for those of us who are often misunderstood and for parents who worry about passing down a mental health issue to their own child. I walk for those who live with mental health issues and struggles every day and for those who can no longer handle the struggle and leave us too soon.

I walk in hopes that I will never have to know another child who loses their parent to bipolar depression and suicide. For all these myriad reasons. I walk.

Sue Lyon-Myrick

LifeWorks NW Marketing Coordinator & LifeWorks NW Walkers Team Captain