NASGW made the donation during the 2022 NASGW Expo & Annual Meeting, which was held October 26-28, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Walk The Talk America (WTTA), a non-profit organization designed to bridge the gap between the gun industry and gun owners and the mental health industry, is honored to have received a generous $25,000 donation from the National Association of Wholesalers of Sporting Goods (NASGW). ) and welcomes them as WTTA’s newest Gold Sponsor.
“Mental health is such a big issue in this country and it needs to be at the forefront of more conversations,” said NASGW President Kenyon Gleason. “Walk The Talk America is doing a great job of raising awareness of this issue within the shooting sports industry. I am proud that NASGW is supporting the mission of the WTTA through this donation.”
“Having NASGW, a well-known and established trade association within the shooting sports industry, as our newest Gold Sponsor is truly amazing,” said WTTA Founder Michael Sodini. “Their membership comprises wholesalers, manufacturers, independent sales representatives, media and service providers within our industry, and being able to work with an association that has that reach only helps spread our message even further. With the support of organizations like NASGW, we are able to provide more mental health tools and resources to individuals, businesses and retailers across the country.”
WTTA, the brainchild of Sodini, a firearms industry veteran, spearheaded a movement within the firearms industry to bridge the gap between mental health and responsible firearms ownership to reduce suicide by firearm and armed violence. Through educational shows, podcasts, and training programs, WTTA is paving the way to educate mental health professionals about gun culture and break negative stigmas around mental health for gun owners. Through its various programs and offerings, such as instructional brochures and slides for firearms instructors, cultural competency classes, and introductory courses at the intersection of guns and mental health, the WTTA is leading the conversation and opening doors in the firearms industry and the mental health industry. .
For more information on how to get involved, visit WalkTheTalkAmerica.org. Take the WTTA Mental Health Screening. After the assessment, you will be provided with information, resources, and tools to help you understand and improve your mental health.
About Walk the Talk America:
Our mission is to fund research and development for mental health outreach and promotion to reduce misconceptions and prejudices that exist when it comes to mental illness and firearms. We believe we can be a catalyst for change by working with experts in the mental health industry. www.walkthetalkamerica.org