This will be my 2nd year running Interfaith's stop the stigma 5k for mental illness & addiction.
This year running for this cause really hits home for me. The stigma of mental illness and addiction has impacted my family's life in a way we will never forget.
Every day men and women can not get the help that they need or are stereotyped so badly in such a way that they are terrified to get the help they need.
Because you have a mental illness and/or addiction it doesn't mean you can't live a normal life. It doesn't mean you can not be a good parent.
More people are gone because of this stigma.
FAMILIES are torn apart and CHILDREN are taken for the wrong reasons.
People are more than just their mental illness. They are more than their addiction. They are Mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters. They are someone's children.
I run this year for everything my family has been through because of this. I run for all the people that have been lost to addiction and mental illness and the people who still suffer. I am running for the people who have also made it and beat the odds.
Please before you make judgements, educate yourself.
Please leave a pledge if you can. Any amount will help. It will help people get the help they need.