Sun August 20 - Sat October 14 Directions

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://ENDINGTHESILENCE5K.ORG.


The race begins on the Rec Plex North Park field on UWF campus


Virtual Challenge and In-Person 5k Run/Walk. Kick off date for Early Registration is August 20, 2023 with In-Person event to take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023. 

NAMI Pensacola & NAMI Okaloosa/Walton County provide support and education for the family, friends and caregivers of individuals living with a mental health condition, giving a voice to those who seek a path to enhanced services. We also offer support and advocate for those in our communities who suffer. Currently, one in four Americans are impacted by a mental health condition and one in twenty by severe a mental health condition. Many do not seek treatment because of the stigma attached to this devastating disease and many do not know where to turn.

The EscaRosa Suicide Prevention Coalition exists to eliminate suicide in our community.  We are a dedicated group of community stakeholders working together to transform our community through raising awareness, increasing knowledge and skills, and implementing strategic interventions for suicide prevention. 

Since 2018 we have engaged over 30 organizations, including most of the areas healthcare systems, law enforcement agencies, school districts, higher education institutions, mental health and substance use disorder organizations along with youth and veteran serving organizations and individuals with lived experience.  We have reviewed local data, implemented support groups, facilitated vital collaborations, as well as increased the number and impact of mental health and suicide prevention trainings.

One of our greatest accomplishments has been working with one of our partners, United Way of West Florida, to engage with the national resource, Crisis Text Line, to provide a community keyword (GULF) for the panhandle, which  gives our community another way to seek help, while providing the coalition with the much-needed data on mental health in our area.  In 2021 we convened a Board of Directors and became a registered Florida Non-Profit and received our 501c (3) status in the fall of  2022.

Currently we are targeting interventions for youth and veterans, as well as bringing awareness and resources to the community related to suicide prevention and crisis intervention.  We are also working to provide education and resources to our healthcare systems through the pursuit of a grant opportunity for a project know as Zero Suicide.

NAMI Pensacola & Okaloosa/Walton are affiliates of the largest grassroots, non-profit, mental health organization in America. We are staffed by volunteers and all donations are tax deductible. All of our programs are free to the public. We offer 2 Family Support Group meetings each month for family, friends and caregivers of individuals living with a mental health condition; and 8 Connection Recovery Support Group meetings each month for those with a lived experience of a mental health condition. We offer our 8 week Peer to Peer Class and Family to Family Education Classes four times yearly in the spring, summer, fall and winter. For more information on additional classes and support groups visit:

Funds raised by the "Ending the Silence" 5k Run/Walk in 2022 enabled us to train facilitators and leaders for our Peer to Peer and Family to Family Education classes, Family Support Group and Connection Recovery Support Group and presenters for our In Our Own Voice presentation and Sharing Our Stories with Law Enforcement. And we added additional Peer to Peer and Family to Family Classes for a total of 4 each per year. In January 2023, we added FaithNet to bring Mental Health awareness to our faith community and in July 2023 we started our conversation series, Sharing Hope with Minority Communities.

But most importantly, through advocacy we seek to raise awareness of the challenges of our friends and loved ones living so bravely with mental health conditions and Substance Use Disorder. Underserved, misunderstood and at the bottom of the totem pole in terms of public dollars allocated for research and cutting-edge treatment, our friends and loved ones deserve better. Florida ranks 48th nationwide on access to metal health care and Escambia County is #1 in the state of Florida for Opioid overdose. This is your opportunity to add your voice to those calling for change.

Join us in Ending the Silence on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at UWF by supporting the 2023 NAMI Pensacola, Okaloosa/Walton and EscaRosa Suicide Prevention Coalition  5k Virtual Challenge and In Person Run/Walk, as a sponsor, by forming a team, or individually. 

Linda Finkelstein, NAMI Pensacola

Denise Levy, NAMI Okaloosa/Walton

Rachelle Burns, EscaRosa Suicide Prevention Coalition

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NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) Special Give-a-Ways and Grand Prize!

GIVE-A-WAY #1     

From a pool of Early Registrations, (July 1-August 31)     1 Winner, 1 $100 Gift Card


From a pool of All registrants   3 Winners. 3 Gift Cards , $100 each


From a pool of all registrants 1 Winner, 1 Grand Prize, $250 Gift Card



NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) Referral Rewards!

Refer your friends and family!  For every 5 registrations you sign up you will receive a Referral Refund of $10.00.


The race begins on the Rec Plex North Park field on UWF campus

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