About Whitney's Walk for Life

Mission: Honoring life by supporting programs for depression awareness and suicide prevention.

Founded by the family and friends of Whitney Grotts, following her death by suicide in 2004, Whitney's Walk For Life was created to increase awareness about the tragedy of suicide. Working with local survivors, schools, and mental health advocates, Whitney's Walk For Life takes proactive steps for increasing depression awareness and suicide prevention programs in the central Illinois area.

Our community has come together in order to better understand the most effective way to raise awareness. Numerous community organizations, local school districts, as well as thousands of individuals have walked, donated or sponsored these efforts. 

Proceeds from the event help the Hult Center for Healthy Living provide the following programs in central Illinois:

Youth Mental Health Matters – provides mental health education and awareness for students. Sessions vary by grade level and include a variety of topics such as anger management, conflict resolution, bullying, suicide prevention, depression, self-esteem, body image, eating disorders, trust building, addiction, coping skills & cyber-bullying. An outreach mental health counselor acts as a “safety net” for students who indicate a need for counseling. This mental health counselor works with school counselors to ensure any students who are struggling get the help they need. 

Mental Health Screening – offered free of charge online through the Hult Center for Healthy Living. The online screening can be accessed at www.hulthealthy.org under the Mental Health Programs tab. 

Other Programs – a portion of the net proceeds benefit other mental health programs in the community through a partnership with Community Foundation of Central Illinois.