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09/24/2012
Hudson Valley Community College Sponsors 5K Race to Bring Awareness to Mental Health Issues

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College will hold its fourth annual Race Away Stigma 5K Race and Fun Walk on Saturday, October 13 at 10 a.m. to promote awareness of mental health concerns and the associated stigma facing college students. Often the stigma of mental health difficulties prevents students from seeking help.

Equinox, a nonprofit community organization that provides services to those dealing with mental illness, chemical dependency, domestic violence and homelessness, joins Hudson Valley Community College’s Center for Counseling and Transfer in sponsoring the race. The organization works to establish a network of mental health volunteers on campuses to support students who seek help. Other sponsors include RoadID, ARE Event Productions, Next Generation and the college’s Student Senate, which have donated the prizes for raffle following the race.

With more than one in five Americans affected by mental health issues, it is not uncommon for depression, anxiety and other more serious conditions to arise during the college years.

There is a race entry fee of $20, payable in advance, or $25 payable at the race. All participants receive post-race snacks and tickets for the raffle. T-shirts also will be distributed while supplies last. Register by calling Hudson Valley’s Center for Counseling and Transfer at (518) 629-7176 or at www.hvcc.edu/cct/race. Check-in/registration on the day of the race begins at 8:30 a.m.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate 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 more than 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.