Friday, May 4, 2012

Run/walk for Miles for Mental Health May 12

Bust out your trainers, slide on your tights and get ready to hit the pavement to raise awareness for mental health and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.

The second Miles for Mental Health run (5k) and walk (2.5k)  takes place Saturday May 12 in Queen's Park, New Westminster, and you are invited to take part.

Organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association - Simon Fraser Branch, a non-profit organization focused on raising awareness and funds for people with mental health challenges, the run/walk is the first of its kind in B.C. and is sponsored by Douglas College.

"We need to do whatever we can to raise awareness of mental health issues and help remove the stigma and shame surrounding them," says Scott McAlpine, President of Douglas College. "Many of our programs focus on working with and supporting people with mental health problems, so this event is a perfect fit for Douglas. I encourage everyone to take part."

You can register as a team, a family or an individual - everyone is welcome. It's a fun, inclusive event featuring music, food, an art exhibition and more.

See Miles for Mental Health for all the details - and check out the video from last year's event.