May is Mental Health Awareness month and we are bringing awareness through our virtual run/walk 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, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread.
We believe that mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during Mental Illness Awareness Week 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 virtual run/walk, to help spread awareness and end the stigma!
Walk or run with us and remember there is Hope! Life is filled with so many ups and downs but we have to press on! Run for a loved one, run for yourself, and together let’s Run 4 Hope!