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home : what's happening : featured events June 24, 2016

5/2/2013 5:13:00 PM
4th Annual 5K Bell Run or 2 Mile Walk for Mental Health Awareness

Runners and walkers from all around will come together on May 11, 2013 for the 4th Annual 5K Bell Run or 2 Mile Walk for Mental Health Awareness.  Mental Health America of Greenwood County invites everyone to come and run in Historic Downtown Ninety Six, SC.  The race course will start and finish at the Ninety Six Depot located at 99 Main Street.  The course consists of some trail and road.

You can pre-register now for $15 and includes a T-Shirt or $20 to register the day of the race.  Race day registration opens at 7:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. (no guarantee for shirts as supplies may not last).  If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Smith at (864) 941-1053.


During the early days of mental health treatment, asylums often restrained people who had mental illnesses with iron chains and shackles around their ankles and wrists. With better understanding and treatments, this cruel practice eventually stopped.  In the early 1950s, Mental Health America issued a call to asylums across the country for their discarded chains and shackles. On April 13, 1956, at the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, Md., Mental Health America melted down these inhumane bindings and recast them into a sign of hope: the Mental Health Bell.

Now the symbol of Mental Health America, the 300-pound Bell serves as a powerful reminder that the invisible chains of misunderstanding and discrimination continue to bind people with mental illnesses. Today, the Mental Health Bell rings out hope for improving mental health and achieving victory over mental illnesses. 

Over the years, national mental health leaders and other prominent individuals have rung the Bell to mark the continued progress in the fight for victory over mental illnesses.  Your support helps your local affiliate with the continued advocacy and educational programs to stop the stigma of mental illness.   These programs include QPR Suicide Prevention, Don’t Duck Mental Health, Emergency Food and Shelter and Representative Payee Program in Greenwood County.

Related Links:
• 2013 Bell Run Flyer

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