Help stomp out stigma for mental health

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) May is Mental Health Awareness Month and one of the goals during this time is to help eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan and I Understand helps accomplish that with the “Stomp Out Stigma” 5K walk.

Christy Buck of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan says stigma is the number one reason why people don’t seek help for a mental health concern. But mental illness is common. One in five people will experience a mental health concern at some point during their lives.

Educating youth and adults about mental health is critically important to the community. Vonnie Woodrick founded “I Understand,” a support group for those who have lost a loved one by suicide.

Stomp Out Stigma 2016 is presented by I Understand. The 5K walk takes place on Saturday, May 21 at the Grand Valley State University Pew Campus Seward lot in Grand Rapids at 8:30 a.m. Form a team and collect donations to help raise awareness and funds for mental health education. Learn more and register for free online at themhf.org. Strollers and dogs are welcome!

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