Walk for Hope
Anderson O’Brien is on a mission to reduce mental health stigma in our community by supporting efforts to increase awareness, education, resources, and support.
Mental Health was identified as one of the key calls to action in the most recent United Way of Portage County LIFE (Local Indicators For Excellence) Report, which has been completed every five years to identify community strengths, challenges and priorities that help guide and mobilize action to improve life in Portage County. The rate of completed suicides among Portage County adults has increased 6.7 % since the last Report. Part of the LIFE Report calls to action is to create a culture that supports health and wellness, one which not only influences community members’ physical health but their mental health as well, and to promote an atmosphere where there are available, accessible, and affordable options.
Mental health issues affect our entire community. Along with the stigma, there is a shortage of resources for mental health services and support which prevents many individuals from seeking help. As members of this community, we want to help, and we want to encourage others to join us.
The Anderson O’Brien Mental Health Corporate Challenge is an opportunity for local businesses to promote mental health in the workplace and show their commitment to reducing mental health stigma in the community. The Challenge strives to make a difference through participation at the Walk for Hope event and through corporate donations to local community organizations focusing on mental health issues and services.
2019 Event Information
Date: Saturday, September 14th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zenoff Park