Bradenton, Fla.—Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care, announces its 19th annual Life;Story 5K/10K Run and Walk to be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 7 a.m. at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.
Centerstone’s Life;Story 5K/10K will be chip timed by Fit2Time for in-person participants. The event will also have a virtual option so that individuals can run or walk anytime, anywhere from September 18 through the early morning of September 25, 2021. Participants must submit their time by 9 a.m. ET on race day in order to be eligible for awards.
The in-person race follows a path over a bridge and through a scenic winding route on the western side of the lake and then finishes with an inspirational Life;Story program. In addition to food, music, and activities for the entire family, the event provides education and serves to advocate for mental health treatment in view of the public health crisis facing this country.
“Suicide is a major concern; it is among the leading causes of death in this country. The pandemic has contributed to increase depression, anxiety, isolation, and thoughts of suicide. We have to work together to spread the message suicide is preventable,” said Melissa Larkin-Skinner, CEO, Centerstone.
“Some federal surveys show 40 percent of Americans today are experiencing at least one mental health or drug-related condition. Young adults are being hit hardest. Suicide is preventable; we care — that’s what we are sharing through events like Life;Story.”
For more information or to register for Life;Story, visit CenterstoneLifeStory.org. Sponsorship and volunteer details are available by calling 941-782-4341.
Centerstone is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives. We provide mental health and substance abuse treatment, education and support to communities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee and additionally offer individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities life skills development, employment and housing services. Nationally, we have specialized programs for service members, veterans and their loved ones, and develop employee assistance programs for businesses of all sizes. Our research institute improves behavioral healthcare through research and technology, and our foundation secures philanthropic resources to support our work. For more information, visit www.centerstone.org.