Official AJC Peachtree Qualifying Race Event
September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. No one should feel alone or without information, support, and the help they need. Navigate Hope is working to provide connections, resources, and hope to our community. We’re working towards a community where all people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. A community without shame, where all those who need support get the help they deserve.
We are bringing awareness through our run to help break the stigma and raise funds for addressing the needs for Mental Health education and resources for our schools, first line responders, and community. Statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Americans struggle with mental health and 1 in 4 between the ages of 13 and 18. We also know that the recent events related to the pandemic have increased anxiety, depression, and fear across the board.
Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends, or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, mental health is widely misunderstood and the negative stigma that surrounds it prevents people from seeking treatment. The stigma that surrounds mental illness prevents people from getting the help and support they need. They are afraid of what people will think of them, so they don’t seek treatment. Their condition often gets worse. Sometimes people even take their own lives because the stigma of mental illness kept them from seeking help.
We believe that mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during suicide awareness and prevention month provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. That is why we are bringing awareness through our ‘It’s Personal’ 5k, to help spread awareness and end the stigma!
Your perspective changes once it becomes….. personal!