I walk for those who cannot. Working in community mental health is not an easy task but it is rewarding to see those who have come from so little make it so far.

Growing up, I was raised to help those who needed it. I walked along side my mother for her AIDS foundation walks, and I also was involved in her counseling practice. She helped mold me into the person I am today. I learned that it does not matter who you are or where you come from; when the time calls to help, you should help.

Mental illness affects everyone in some way. My family has had to survive the pain of losing loved ones due to mental illness. I walk for them. I walk for my clients. I walk to bring about awareness because the stigma associated with mental illness will not go away if I stand on the sidelines wishing it away.

I walk to empower and educate.

– Constance Henderson, Medical Case Manager, LifeWorks NW