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Race Away Stigma 5K Race and Fun Walk to Shed Light on Mental Health Issues on College Campuses

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

The inaugural Race Away Stigma 5K Race and Fun Walk will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at Hudson Valley Community College. The race is the kick-off event for a collaborative effort that will raise awareness about mental health issues among college students.

Mental health issues will affect more than one in every five Americans this year. The college years, are the most common ages for mental health concerns to arise. Depression, anxiety, and other serious mental health concerns are increasingly common among college and university students in the United States.

Hudson Valley Community College’s Center for Counseling and Transfer and the ClearView Center are the two main sponsors for the event. The Clearview Center’s Insight Program, which will receive any proceeds from the event, recognizes that the negative stigma associated with mental health concerns can be what stops many students from seeking help. It seeks to break down the stigma associated with mental health and create a network of caring peers on campuses to help fellow students.

A $25 Day of Race Registration Fee pays for race registration, a chicken barbecue lunch and the chance to win one of several raffle prizes provided by race sponsors: Albany River Rats,, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Panera Bread, Pizzeria Uno, Price Chopper, RoadID, Runner’s World Magazine, Siena College, TGI Friday’s and the Tri-City ValleyCats.

Runners may register by contacting the Hudson Valley Community College Center for Counseling and Transfer at (518) 629-7176. Registration information also is available at

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.