Did you know, U.S. suicide rates are at a 50-year high even without the added stress of a global pandemic? Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, claiming more than 48,000 lives in 2018. Many people who die by suicide have an underlying mental health condition, however suicide is rarely caused by a single factor. Other problems related to relationships, substance use, physical health, and job, money, legal, or housing stress may also contribute to self-harm. While there's still more we need to understand, one thing's for sure: suicide is a growing public health problem that's becoming harder and harder to ignore.
Suicide rates are the highest in the spring and May is Mental Health Month. Please support the 15th Annual MOM Race for Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention! While we were forced to cancel the sanctioned 5K run/walk previously scheduled for May 2nd in Royal Oak, we converted the MOM Race in to a virtual event that can be completed by any one, any time during the month of May. If you are one of the 950 people who signed up to participate in the Virtual MOM Race, thank you for your support. We can't wait to see pictures from your DIY journeys and hear who you're racing for using #VirtualMOMRace #YouAreNotAlone.
If you’re looking to do more than just participate in the Virtual MOM Race, or provide additional support from afar, consider fundraising for MOM using GoFundMe Charity. All donations to Mind Over Matter are tax-exempt under IRS 501(c)(3). So create an online campaign, tell your story, share on social media, and watch the donations roll in! The individual and team that raise the most funds by 5/31 will receive a prize and name recognition on momrace.org.
To date, the MOM Race has raised $400,000 for local brain research, suicide prevention programming, and crisis intervention services. Although nothing can bring our loved ones back, it's amazing what we can accomplish when we unite to give mental illness and suicide the attention they deserve. That's Mind Over Matter!