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10/04/2010
Race Away Stigma 5K Race and Fun Walk to Promote Understanding of Mental Health Issues on College Campuses

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew, (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Oct. 4, 2010

The annual Race Away Stigma 5K Race and Fun Walk will take place at Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m. The purpose of the race is to promote awareness of the mental health issues facing college students across our nation, especially the associated stigma that often prevents students from seeking help.

While mental illness affects more than one in every five Americans each year, the college years are the most common ages for issues to arise. College and university students are increasingly afflicted by depression, anxiety and other more serious mental health conditions.

The race is a collaborative effort between Hudson Valley's Center for Counseling and Transfer and the Clearview Center, based in Albany, with the aim of establishing a campus-based student support system to aid in recovery.

The registration fee of $25, payable at the race, covers a chicken barbecue lunch and a chance at raffle prizes donated by race sponsors, including Albany River Rats, CustomInk.com, Dick's Sporting Goods, Four Winds, Price Chopper, RoadID, Runner's World Magazine, Siena College, TGI Friday's and the Tri-City ValleyCats.

Runners may register by calling the Hudson Valley Community College Center for counseling and Transfer at (518) 629-7176 or at www.hvcc.edu/cct.

This is the second year of the race. Heavy rain and cloudy skies on race day last year kept away some runners, however 126 out of a little more than 200 registrants participated from all over the Capital Region and beyond.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 14,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.