5K Race at the Resort May 15 Will Support Mental Health Services and Awareness

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Virginia Beach Mental Health Coalition was established in 2015 to combine efforts, maximize educational opportunities and expand efforts across the city to promote mental health. This year, the coalition is promoting the theme of “Celebrate Your Mental Wellness” and the Green Ribbon for Mental Health Awareness campaign.

Coalition members will participate in awareness opportunities and educational activities throughout the month, culminating in the I Need a Lighthouse’s Beacon of Hope Oceanfront 5K run and walk on Sunday, May 15, at the 24th Street Park at the resort. Online registration is available through midnight on Saturday, May 14. On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on May 15. At the conclusion of the 5K, a family focused “Wellness Fest” with physical exercise events, competitions, prizes and mental health educational opportunities will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fest is free and open to the public.

The Virginia Beach Mental Health coalition consists of the Virginia Beach Human Services Department, Community Services Board, Public Health Department, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Virginia Beach and Norfolk chapters – I Need a Lighthouse, The Chas Foundation, Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health, Sentara Behavioral Health, Bon Secours Maryview Behavioral Health and Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center.

The coalition educates the public about community-based services available in Virginia Beach and the region to those suffering from a mental illness and their family members. Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. has issued a proclamation calling on businesses, schools, government agencies, healthcare providers, organizations and citizens to promote mental wellness and support prevention efforts. Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May for 67 years in the United States.

The Virginia Beach Human Services Department and the Community Services Board provide behavioral health services for adults, adolescents and children. For mental health education and support, contact the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs at (757) 385-0800. If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis in Virginia Beach, call (757) 385-0888.