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MOM Race helps make Michigan more mentally healthy

Ninth Annual Mind Over Matter (MOM) Charity 5K Run/Walk to take place May 3 in Royal Oak

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - April 14, 2014 - PRLog -- Nine years ago, when Mind Over Matter (http://www.momrace.org/) (MOM) first debuted as a nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention and mental health, 300 people showed up for its first annual 5K race. Since then, the race has more than tripled in size, with 1,100 participants in 2013, $120,000 raised to date for research and prevention, and countless lives touched. This year, the 9th Annual MOM Charity 5K Run/Walk will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Starr Jaycee Park in Royal Oak. While the growth of this event has been remarkable, this year the focus is less about breaking records and more on breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

What’s new this year:

• We have a brand new, user-friendly website at www.MOMrace.org (http://www.momrace.org/).
• Several mental health practitioners will be on hand at the race to talk to participants and offer free depression screenings.
• Pre-registration is required for this year's race, unlike previous years in which same-day registration was available. Learn more. (http://www.momrace.org/?page_id=5098)

Royal Oak City Commissioner Peggy Goodwin notes how much the MOM race has moved the needle on mental health awareness in the area. “Mind Over Matter was the first public event in our community to bring suicide prevention to light,” she says, noting that she founded Royal Oak SAFE (https://www.facebook.com/Royaloaksafe) this past year to further strengthen mental health and wellness and suicide prevention efforts in our area.

“My father died by suicide in 1968 and I lived many years in silence,” Goodwin says. “I know first-hand the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide in one’s fam

The MOM race is also an invaluable community for those living with mental illness. Casco, MI resident Amy Suess has become an avid fundraiser for MOM as a result of the struggle to find the right resources for her daughter. To date, she has raised almost $2,000 through various fundraising efforts.  “When living with mental health illnesses in your life — directly or indirectly — it can become extremely exhausting trying to find the right treatment, hospital stays, insurance concerns, lack of resources, and not to mention financial issues to get your loved one the help they need and deserve. Through Mind Over Matter you gain support, knowledge, resources, experience and understanding of others in similar situations,” Suess says.

Many area businesses are also aligning with this important cause, including first-time business sponsor Beaumont Health System. “Beaumont’s goal is a healthy community,” says William Miles, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry. “People oftentimes do not seek treatment for their emotional health due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. The MOM Race helps to reduce this stigma, and Beaumont Health System is pleased to be a sponsor of this event.”

This year’s title sponsor is once again Forget-Me-Not Thrift Store (http://www.forgetmenotthriftstore.com/index.html), located in Lincoln Park, MI. Owner Kim Gross lost her daughter-in-law, Karen Gross, to suicide in January 2009. She and her family have participated in the MOM race every year since, and Gross was inspired to do more for the cause, opening Forget-Me-Not as a nonprofit that donates ALL proceeds to mental health awareness and suicide prevention programs, including MOM. “Not only do we spread awareness, we offer resources for counseling, support groups, or simply a shoulder to lean on,” she says.

MOM is looking forward to continuing to make a positive impact with another great event on May 3. Participants can register by mail through April 15, online through April 27, or in person at Community Choice Credit Union from 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2. For more information and pricing, visit the registration page at www.MOMrace.org.

Those who are unable to participate in the 2014 MOM Race, but would like to show their support, can also make a donation (http://www.momrace.org/?page_id=4616). All donations to Mind Over Matter are tax-exempt under IRS 501(c)(3). MOM is also seeking more business sponsors (http://www.momrace.org/?page_id=4610) to help with the event. Please act soon as the sponsorship deadline is Friday, April 18.  Those who are interested in volunteering (http://www.momrace.org/?page_id=5513) for the MOM Race, please contact Laura Farhat at volunteer@MOMrace.org.

Learn more about the MOM story (http://www.momrace.org/?page_id=4614), check out the race path and make use of the many mental health resources available at www.MOMrace.org.

Audra Quinn

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