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10/22/2009
First "Race Away Stigma 5K and Walk" To Focus on Mental Health Issues Among College Students

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009

WHO: More than 150 runners will participate in the first ever Race Away Stigma 5K at Hudson Valley Community College.
WHAT:

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.

The Race Away Stigma is the kick-off event for a collaborative effort that will raise awareness about mental health issues among college students. Students from Hudson Valley Community College, The College of Saint Rose, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Siena College, and The University at Albany are scheduled to participate in the run or walk.

Participants also will include representatives from many mental health service agencies in the Capital Region, including Clearview Center, Northeast Career Planning, Rehabilitation Support Services, Unity House and the Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders or Northeastern New York.

WHEN:

Race start, 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 24.

WHERE:

The race will begin in front of the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, proceed through the neighborhood behind the campus (off Williams Road) and finish back on campus.

DETAILS:

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.

For more information about the race, contact race director Michael Washco at 518-629-7176. Runners may register on the day of the race at a cost of $25.