The MOM Race is all about unity. Whether you're someone coping with mental illness or dealing with the pain of suicide, it is important to realize that you are not alone. To foster dialogue between teams and other individuals at the event, the MOM Race offers color-coded wristbands that signify a certain experience with mental illness or suicide, e.g., Lost a parent to suicide, Lost a child to suicide, So much more than my mental illness, etc. Participants can purchase wristbands for $2 and use them to connect with other MOM Race participants who share a similar experience by visiting designated meet-up trees at the park.
The goal is to foster real, human connections between individuals and families facing similar circumstances. Hopefully everyone can leave with a new friend, a fresh perspective, and/or a newfound courage that they CAN move forward and turn their pain into purpose.
In addition to connecting people to hope at the MOM Race, we’d also like to help connect more people to help. We are seeking passionate and congenial psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and counselors to provide support at the designated meet-up trees as well as our photo "MOMorial." The goal is to assist anyone who might be in immediate crisis, or just curious about therapy. This is an opportunity to give back to your community while providing exposure for your local mental health practice.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in supporting the counseling connections effort at the upcoming MOM Race on Saturday, May 2 from 8-8:50 AM, 8:50-9:40 AM, or 10:20-11:10 AM. Please note that these are not meant to be 50-minute therapy sessions, but rather 5-minute "meet and greets" that might end with a natural exchange of information and, hopefully, follow-up care. Interested parties, please supply your name, mental health credentials, practice location, and preferred MOM Race volunteer time slot(s).