Southside Behavioral Health Partners with Friends of Occoneechee State Park to Host Recovery Run 5k

BRUNSWICK, MECKLENBURG, & HALIFAX, VIRGINIA – Southside Behavioral Health is hosting its first in-person 5k at Occoneechee State Park on Saturday, September 16th, 2023. This event is open to anyone in the community and is completely free to participants. Providing this run for free is only possible due to grant funding and local sponsors: Year of the Peer grant provided by DBHDS, and sponsorships from Southstone Recovery Center, Dominion Energy, Southside Wellness Coalition, and Sentara Health. Without the funding from these local partners who share our mission to support wellness and quality of life in our community, this run would not be possible! Southside’s Run for Recovery is held to bring awareness to our community about recovery and support those on their journey. This event allows for us to come together as a community to challenge stereotypes, eliminate stigmas, and show support to those who are still struggling. This run is not officially timed, but is open to those who would like to run or walk! To register for the run visit:

To learn more about Year of the Peer or any of our sponsors, please continue reading!

About Year of the Peer: represents an exciting year-long opportunity to participate, capturing the passion of the peer workforce through planned events, conferences and workshops. The events, conferences and workshops are aimed to educate everyone in attendance on the role of the peer and the positive impact peers bring to the table. Visit Year of the Peer Webpage

About Southstone Recovery Center: Southstone Recovery Center is a leading provider of addiction treatment for women who are suffering from substance use disorders and may have related mental health concerns. Offering a safe space where women can focus solely on receiving the treatment they deserve, Southstone Recovery Center is proud to help our  participants discover a path to a more optimistic future. Visit Southstone Recovery Center 

About Dominion Energy: About 7 million customers in 15 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to safely providing reliable, affordable and sustainable energy and to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050. Please visit to learn more.

About Southside Wellness Coalition: The Southside Wellness Coalition is committed to a safe, secure, healthy, prosperous and drug free community in the Virginia counties of Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg. Visit Southside Wellness Coalition

About Sentara Health: Sentara Health, an integrated, not-for-profit health care delivery system, celebrates more than 130 years in pursuit of its mission – “we improve health every day.” Sentara is one of the largest health systems in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, and among the top 20 largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in the country, with 30,000 employees, 12 hospitals in Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, and the Sentara Health Plans division which serves more than 1.2 million members in Virginia and Florida. Sentara is recognized nationally for clinical quality and safety, and is strategically focused on innovation and creating
an extraordinary health care experience for our patients and members. Sentara was named to IBM Watson Health’s “Top 15 Health Systems” (2021, 2018), and was recognized by Forbes as a “Best Employer for New Grads” (2022), “Best Employer for Veterans” (2022), and “Best Employer for Women” (2020). Visit Sentara Health 

About Southside Behavioral Health:Established in 1972, Southside Behavioral Health provides behavioral health, developmental disability, substance use, and prevention services to the residents of Southside Virginia in
Halifax, Mecklenburg, and Brunswick Counties. Southside Behavioral Health is committed to providing individualized culturally competent care in our communities, by supporting wellness and quality of life in a recovery- oriented environment and professional manner. Learn more at: