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:


Suicide Prevention Education – Hult Center's profession team of Health Education Specialists and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors provide mental health education and awareness for students and adults throughout the community. Sessions vary by grade/age level and include a variety of topics such as suicide prevention/post-vention, depression, self-esteem, coping skills, & resiliency. Specialized trainings are also provided to unique audiences (parents, healthcare workers, medical students, media representatives, school leadership and staff, mental health workers, parents/caregivers, public health workers, and more) to help reduce the stigma and spread awareness of resources. 

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.