One in four Americans in the United States has been touched by mental illness or addiction. For this reason, Southside Behavioral Health hosts an annual Run for Recovery to challenge stereotypes, eliminate stigma and show support for those who are still struggling. This year, community members were invited to show their support virtually by running or walking a 5k on their own anywhere, anytime between September 17 & 20.
In the end, over 50+ community members turned out to participate, representing all three Southside Virginia counties. Halifax and Mecklenburg led the way in participation, followed up closely by participant numbers in Brunswick county. Community members joined in from Boydton, Brodnax, Buffalo Junction, Chase City, Clarksville, La Crosse, Littleton, Mosely, South Hill, South Boston, and more. Crossing county lines, there was even participation in Chester, Harrisonburg, and Danville, VA.
Following the event, swag bags and awards were assembled and distributed. Every registered participant received a “Swag Bag” complete with a collapsible water bottle, pedometer, and medal (first 50). Additionally, two first-place “Sweepstakes” prizes were also awarded and mailed out to community members. These “Sweepstakes” awards were determined by a random drawing consisting of participants who shared a selfie of their race.
Special thanks again to everyone who participated in this year’s event. We hope to see you again next year!
Special shoutout to this year’s sponsors: VCUHealth, Southside Electric Cooperative, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, and Sentara. Together we are stronger.