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On Thursday, October 7th, National Depression Screening Day, the four Walk to Washington walkers arrived the National Mall in Washington, D.C. after walking over 900 miles to raise awareness for Depression and Mental Health. The 50 day journey from St. Louis to our nation’s capital included 21 Rallies hosted by local mental health groups along the walk route.

DBSA Chapters in St. Louis, MO, Belleville/Troy, IL, Indianapolis, IN, Dayton, OH, Columbus, OH, Wheeling, WV, Rockville, MD and Washington, D.C. held rallies as the walkers passed through their communities. The National Capital Area Chapter (Washington, D.C.) hosted the final rally and reception with Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as the Keynote Speaker. Steve Curran, Director of the Walk To Washington, also spoke of the importance of advocating and raising awareness about Depression and Mental Health. Curran challenged the audience, “All of us who are touched by Depression need to share our stories with others. We need to show that there is hope and healthy recovery.”

The Walk To Washington gained a great deal of media attention by staging this national event to bring attention to the disease of Depression. Media outlets around the country featured stories about this unique cross country walk. Check all the blog entries, video clips of the trip and more at:

DBSA was a proud national sponsor of the Walk To Washington.