Run for a Cause

Tamesha Moss, Graphic Designer/Photography

Wouldn’t it be great if there was something you could do that was great for yourself and great for others at the same time? Running in a charity race is the perfect way to give back to your community and stay in shape while doing it.

LifeLinks is hosting Run to Stomp Out Stigma, a 5K / 10 K Run on Saturday, Sept. 3, starting at 8:00 a.m. at 750 Broadway Ave. East, Mattoon.

According to Lifelinksinc.org, LifeLinks Mental Health is a not-for-profit community mental health center whose mission is to design and deliver quality, cost-effective outpatient behavioral health services that meet the needs of the consumers, their families and the community.

“The name says it all,” noted Kim Basham, Committee Chairperson for the 5K / 10 K Run to Stomp Out Stigma! “According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. or 43.8 million people experience mental illness in a given year.  Yet, many people do not seek help because of the stigma associated with mental health issues.” 

Basham said that this event is an effort to combat the misconceptions about mental illness by spreading awareness about the treatments the race funds.

“Our run is to help get the word out that there should be no stigma or shame in suffering with an issue like depression.   We want community members to understand that mental health disorders are treatable and that early intervention works,” Basham said.  “We would love to have a hundred people running that day in support of LifeLinks and what we do for the community!”

For those interested in doing more good for their health and community, SACIS is hosting a Take Back the Day 5k on Saturday, September 24th at 8:00 a.m. at the Sister City Park in Charleston, IL

According to SACIS.org, “Our purpose is to provide counseling, advocacy and support for all victims of sexual assault and their significant others.”

If you would like more information on how to volunteer, donate, or sign up for the runs please visit www.lifelinksinc.org or www.sacis.org.

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