Community attendance encouraged at “Shatter the Stigma” 5K event in support of mental health awareness

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The annual “Shatter the Stigma” 5K Run/Walk event is coming up on May 19, 2018. Join Volunteer Services Council for Kerrville State Hospital and Peterson Health in showing support for the patients of Kerrville State Hospital and Mental Health Awareness.

This Run/Walk event will take place at Louis Hays Park at 202 Thompson Drive in Kerrville.

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Registration opens at 7:30 AM and the race starts at 8:30 AM.

-Entry Fees-
$25 Until May 7
$30 May 8-18
$35 Race Day

Registration for this event can be found online at www.kerrvillevsc.org or www.athleteguild.com.

A recent press release for the 5K race states, May is Mental Health Awareness month and the Volunteer Services Council for Kerrville State Hospital has teamed up with Peterson Health to host the annual Shatter the Stigma 5k Walk/Run. Both these organizations share a focus on raising awareness for Mental Illness in the Kerrville community.
In 2016, Peterson Health hosted a Community Health Summit meeting where over sixty individuals from over forty community and healthcare organizations collaborated to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment process focused on identifying and defining significant health needs, issues, and concerns of Kerr County. The number one health need, as determined by these individuals, was: Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
The 43-page Community Health Needs Assessment is available to view online at www.petersonhealth.com.
Pat Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Peterson Regional Medical Center stated: “We are using the findings from our plan as a catalyst for mobilizing community resources to improve the health of area residents.”
Zach Riffett, President of the Volunteer Services Council for Kerrville State Hospital – “On behalf of the board, we are excited that Peterson Health accepted our invitation to co-host and collaborate on our annual Shatter the Stigma 5k Walk/Run event coming up in May. I want to thank Pat Murray and Lisa Winters for being on board with this idea. We look forward to working with the Peterson Health team.”
Those who seek more information on the Shatter the Stigma 5k event can contact Pete Calderon at pete.calderon@hhsc.state.tx.us or Caryn Talarico at Caryn.Talarico@hhsc.state.tx.us.

As provided from their website, “Volunteer programs have been an important part of Kerrville State Hospital for almost as long as the hospital has been in existence. Volunteers are actively involved in providing many special items and activities for KSH patients.
The Volunteer Services Council (VSC) is a separate non-profit organization which supports the volunteer program and patient activities which cannot be funded or sponsored by state funds.”

To learn more about the Volunteer Services Council or gain more information about ways you can help to “Shatter the Stigma”, call Community Relations at 830.896.2211 ext 6150.