for mental health.
Untreated mental illness is the most underrated health and social epidemic worldwide. Wherever you live, it’s all around you, and the numbers prove it.
- Depression is the number 1 cause of illness and disability worldwide.
- One in Five adults will face a mental illness this year.
- Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24.
- Nearly 60% goes untreated.
The solution? Early intervention. Because the best way to solve a problem is to prevent it in the first place.
That’s what the One in Five Virtual 5K is all about—reducing the devastating effects of untreated mental illness.
Because people’s lives depend on it.
On June 8, while runners converge at twilight in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the One in Five Marathon Relay, the global running community will bring the conversation about mental health into the light with the One in Five Virtual 5K. You can run anywhere you choose.
At a park, in your neighborhood, on a treadmill—it doesn’t matter. Just run, jog, or even walk for mental health.
Here’s how it works:
1. Register here.
2. From twilight June 8th to twilight on June 9th, clock your 3.1 miles (with an app like MapMyRun, RunKeeper, Nike+ Running, etc.)
3. Submit your time by 11:59pm on June 9th, 2018.
For your support, we’ll send you a one-of-a-kind participation medal— a lasting reminder that you joined with runners around the world for an important cause.
We’re not asking everyone to lace up. We are asking you.
Why We Run:
In 2012, I visited a mental health doctor at Pine Rest who, after testing me for an entire day, gave me a frightening response about the tumor in my brain and its effect on my everyday lifestyle. I hate to admit this, but the news was so bad it sent me into a depression, a mental illness.
There are so many races representing so many things, but this one is the first to tackle mental health, a serious issue that affects, literally, all of us. We are all too aware of the shootings, the suicides, and the illnesses happening across our world that all point back to one single issue: mental health. This race is a beautiful analogy to what our society is going through and I was so moved by this concept that I had to get involved.
Mental illness is a hidden disease. People tend to cover it up—until it is too late. We need to spread the word that mental health diseases are nothing to be ashamed of. They affect a lot of people and there are ways to help prevent and reduce the negative effects!
I worked myself to the point of breakdown, hiding from my anxiety and depression behind the guise of "busy." Only when I faced myself with space, time, and professional treatment/guidance did I begin to find wellness. The stigma associated with struggles pertaining to mental health absolutely needs to be cast aside to allow open and healthy dialogue.