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Be the Light - Glow in the Dark 5K for Mental Health Awareness
Sun, Sep 6, 2020
About This Activity
Join us for this awesome Glow in the Dark 5k! Invest in your own health by running a 5k, learn about mental health on the course, support Beacon of Hope, and celebrate with a sweet after party! We're talking glow sticks, live music, snacks, vendors, and so much more! Beacon of Hope is a non-profit counseling agency, which provides barrier free counseling at no-cost. Our hope is to raise over $21,000 dollars, providing over 700 individual counseling sessions.
There’s SO much stigma around mental health, stigma that’s literally deadly. According the the health department, suicide rates in Michiganhave increased 150% in the past 10 years, and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of people aged 10-34 in the US. That’s right, this isn’t just something adults struggle with. In Ottawa county, 1 in 5 teens have seriously considered taking their lives, and ⅔ of those were less than 16 years old. The National Suicide Hotline reported 1000% increase of calls during COVID. And that doesn’t even take into account lives lost due to eating disorders, substance abuse, or domestic violence. All of those deaths could have been prevented. According to the National Alliance of Mental Health,1 in 5 adults struggle with mental health in some way, yet less than half seek help due to stigma.