On May 5th, 2012 staff and advisory board members of Inner Door Center® participated in the 7th Annual MOM (Mind Over Matter) 5k Run/Walk for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention.
As you read in our last blog article, May is Mental Health month and the MOM 5k Run/Walk is just one event that promotes mental health awareness in Michigan. According to the MOM website, “over 30,000 Americans die each year from suicide and an attempt at suicide is made every minute. Approximately 90% of people who die from suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. An estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 & older suffer from depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders. This translates to over 58 million adults, not to mention the growing number of conditions being identified in children. Just like physical conditions, mental disorders can be serious and even fatal.”
So on Cinco de Mayo, we joined other survivors, victims, advocates, friends and families for the MOM (Mind Over Matter) 5k Run/Walk. The race is held every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. MOM was started by a family who tragically lost their mother to suicide after a long struggle with schizophrenia. They wanted to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention so that other families may not have to go through the terrible loss that they had experienced.
For us, this event had a dual purpose. At Inner Door Center® we support any organization or event that promotes mental health awareness and well-being. We work hard every single day to provide excellent, comprehensive mental health treatment to all of our clients. We also participated in this event to promote eating disorder awareness among the other runners and walkers. Our bright neon green t-shirts promoted our upcoming event – Stereotype Event – and brought us together as a team. People were curious about the shirts, and it gave us a chance to advocate for our cause – eating disorder awareness and prevention. We were happy to support this cause and honored that others were interested in ours.
Stereotype Event is coming soon! Please join us on June 14th, 2012 at the Detroit Opera House for a night of entertainment and education. We hope to break the stereotypes of eating disorders and promote awareness and prevention through this event. Proceeds from the event will help us to create a far-reaching network for others struggling with eating disorders and searching for help. Please visit the event website to learn more and join this event.
Inner Door Center® offers outpatient mental health treatment for a wide range of disorders, as well as comprehensive treatment programs for eating disorders and substance abuse. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact us at (248) 336-2868 or visit our website: www.innerdoorcenter.com