"A Night of Hope" in Westerville raises awareness for mental health

“A Night of Hope” in Westerville raises awareness for mental health

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) – Members of the Westerville community gathered on Saturday for A Night of Hope, a family mental health awareness event.

The race, organized by the Westerville Education Challenge (WEC), takes place for the first time.

Runners in the 5k race took off just after 6 p.m. for the first of three races on Saturday. A one-mile race left the starting blocks at 7 p.m., while a family race took off at 7:30 p.m.

The event aims to raise awareness about mental health and end the stigma surrounding it.

The Westerville Education Challenge was inspired last year by one of its members, who ran for 24 hours – over 100 miles – to raise awareness about mental health. This runner’s father committed suicide, and this runner was at Saturday’s event, along with dozens of others who have personal ties to the cause.

“For us, WEC, this is our mission; provide as much support as possible,” said WEC President Kristan Robertson. not alone.”

In addition to over 100 runners, the district’s canine companion dog, Twinkle, joined the event.

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