Sunday, MAY 19, 2019 ~ Grant Park, chicago



This Walk is a special event that brings together residents of Illinois for an amazing cause with fun for the entire family. Take A Stand Green Hat Walk was created by Rebecca's Dream and Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago to raise awareness about the importance of mental health.

Date: May 19, 2019

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Grant Park ~ Arvey Field, Chicago, Illinois 60605 United States

(near the corner of Columbus Drive and Roosevelt Road)

Schedule of events:

11:00 am Registration

12:00 pm - Opening Ceremony

1:00 pm - Walk

2:00 pm -   Fun, Food, Activities & Entertainment Continues

3:00 pm -   Hat Decorating Winners Announced



We believe public awareness and action is needed. Join us in our walk to bridge the gap in mental health services: Parents and schools do what they can with what they have. But even so, here’s the sad truth:

  • Social media has created tremendous new pressures on kids, every waking hour of the year.
  • Some kids have additional stresses of poverty, bullying, and mental health challenges.

As a result, kids right in our community are committing suicide to escape their situation. We want them to know there’s a way out! They can get help.  We need your help to reach more kids--before it’s too late.



The goal of this walk is not only to host a terrific event but to send the message across all of Illinois that mental illness affects all segments of our society, no one is immune.  

We do this by Taking a Stand to:

  • Bridge the Gap and bring equality to mental health services
  • Bring the understanding that mental illness is just that – an illness
  • End the pain and solitude by making mental health a priority in healthcare and our communities     
  • Eradicate the stigma and prejudice associated with mental illness


Nikki Lynette



Nikki Lynette is a performer, producer, writer, and visual artist whose style is equal parts hip hop, alternative, and pop. Nikki has currently been awarded a Theatre Show through Northwestern University - American Music Theatre Project along with shooting a mental health documentary entitled “Happy Songs About Unhappy Things.” Nikki is creating a movement to disrupt the Mental Health Community as she expresses her own personal challenges with Mental Health through her show as well as her music. She is here to show people that it is okay to talk about Mental Health and that there are ways to work through each day. She herself, deals with this struggle daily. 

Xavier Fulton


Xavier Fulton is a Canadian football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2009 NFL Draft. Xavier will share his inspirational story about living with anxiety and depression as well as the challenges of athletic traumatic brain injuries.

(photo credit:

Haley Epstein



Haley is a college student that will share her powerful story of struggle and hope. Haley has spoken to high school students relaying the message  “IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY.”

Design a Hat ~ Win a Prize


Green is the universal color for awareness of mental health. Design a hat to wear for the walk. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated hats.

Entertainment By:


When the Sun Sets

A Chicago based band whose mission is to change lives with their music.

Our Partners


Let's make a difference together


Register to walk

Hit the streets with us!

May 19, 2019

Grant Park, Chicago


3.1 mile walk

The link will take you to Rallybound website for registration

Register to Walk

Ways to participate

Our Volunteer program gives you the opportunity to use your voice and help us accomplish our mission of increasing mental health awareness. We will provide you with the support and training you will need to make a difference and educate the public.

  • Participate
  • Fundraise
  • Volunteer 
  • Sponsor

Find out more

Become a sponsor

With Mental Health Association Greater Chicago and Rebecca's Dream Take a Stand Walk sponsorship you will be reaching a broad, far reaching audience, and connecting with the community at large. Your sponsorship will help your community reach its important service goals while continuing the important mission to spread awareness about the desperately needed Mental Health Equality in areas of insurance, the medical field, our government, in our families and our communities, far beyond the walk.

Become a sponsor


Green Hat Walk


Design a hat

Green is the universal color for awareness of mental health.  Design a hat to wear for the walk. What will your green hat look like?

Win a prize

Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated hats at the walk. Get creative and win.


Without the help of fundraisers like you and the support of our local partners, the outreach of RD and MHAGC, educational programming and support programs would not be possible. In bridging the gap of mental illness, every dollar counts.

You don’t need special skills to be a rock star fundraiser – you just need a few tips and a cause you’re passionate about. In fact, we bet you’ll be surprised how many people will want to support you – you just have to ask!

Event Information

Event Information

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Mental Health Equality - Take a Stand/Green Hat Walk

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Grant Park ~ Arvey Field, Chicago, Illinois 60605 United States

+ Event Details

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Mental Health Equality - Take a Stand/Green Hat Walk

11:00 am Registration 

Let the Fun, Food, Music and Hat  Decorating begin!

11:30 am  Haley Epstein

11:45 am  MHAGC and RD

12:15 pm Xavier Fulton

12:45 pm Nikki Lynette

1:00 pm - Walk

2:00 pm -   Music, Food, Activities & Entertainment Continues 

  • Mental Health Exercise with Nikki Lynette
  • Football Game with Xavier

3:00 pm Raffle Prize and Hat Design Winner Announced

3:15 pm  Nikki Lynette/Xavier Fulton -- Closing Ceremony

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Grant Park ~ Arvey Field, Chicago, Illinois 60605 United States

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Grant Park ~ Arvey Field, Chicago, Illinois 60605, United States

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