Healthy People Portage County Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Committee is hosting their 7th annual Walk for Hope on Saturday, September 8, in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Week. New this year is a 5k fun run, Run for Awareness.
Healthy People Portage County - Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Committee is hosting their seventh annual Walk for Hope on Saturday, September 8, 2012 in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Week. New this year is a 5k fun run, Run for Awareness. The walk and run are intended to promote efforts in Portage County in preventing suicides and enhancing mental health awareness.
The Walk for Hope and Run for Awareness begins at the Ministry Health Care Building located at 2501 Main Street in Stevens Point. Participants can choose either a 2 or 5 mile walking route. Registration will be from 9:00 –9:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 9:45 a.m. For individuals with a competitive spirit, a 5K fun run is being offered at 8: 00 a.m. Registration for the run will be available on Friday, September 7, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on the day of the race from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. The 5k fun run begins at 8:00 a.m. Chip timing for the fun run will be provided by The Franklin Finish. Registration fees are required for both events. Local mental health service providers and business sponsors will be on site for the day with information available on services provided in the area.
Preregistration can be done online at www.healthypeopleportagecounty.org. For more information, please contact Gary Garske at (715) 345-5985. Registrations are being accepted in advance or on the day of the event. Participants who confirm their registrations by August 24, 2012 will be guaranteed to receive a T-shirt.
Members of Healthy People Portage County, encourage the community to discuss mental health issues openly in order to lessen stigma and discrimination that typically surrounds issues related to mental health. It is also important to create awareness around mental health issues, especially suicide, so that people are aware that help and hope are available in seemingly hopeless situations. As a community, we can provide hope to support those who have been touched by suicide and increase awareness of suicide prevention and other mental health issues right here in Portage County!