We are excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Shea’s Chase 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Railyard at Southend (same location as last year). We set out to create a movement in our community where mental wellness is just as important as physical wellness by bringing the community together to raise awareness and financial support for mental health in memory of our dear friend, Shea McKenna.
In our first year, we had over 500 participants and we netted a donation of $46,442 for the Mental Health Association in Greensboro!
Thanks to the generosity of Shea’s Chase supporters, MHAG has been able to:
- Serve a 42% increase in participants in the first 3 months of 2016!
- Add an evening class and a new support group.
- Triple the number of individuals receiving one-to-one peer support.
- Have additional staff certified as adult and youth Mental Health First Aid instructors, which greatly expands MHAG’s ability to provide training in the community on how to recognize and aid individuals struggling with mental health challenges.
This tremendous growth in programs and individuals served would not have been possible without Shea’s Chase. Almost all of MHAG’s programs and services are offered at no cost to participants.
For more information about the race or sponsorship opportunities, donations or registration, please visit www.sheaschase.com. We look forward to continuing our movement to raise awareness and support for mental health in our community.
Shea’s Chase is a cause with a very appropriate “exercise in exercise”, a 5K run/walk, as it’s primary engine. The core goals of Shea’s Chase are to help:
- De-stigmatize mental health challenges
- Communicate prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress as obstacles to contentment and productivity
- Communicate hope, support, and love to sufferers and their family and friends
- Communicate availability of services and programs to help manage health challenges and go on to live vital and content lives
- Prevention of suicide
- De-stigmatize suicide and lend support to survivors
- Promote exercise as a tool in the fight
- Help fund leading, local organizations aligned with the above