Did you know suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined? Depression is the number one cause of disability worldwide. One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness. These statistics are staggering yet many are still afraid to talk about mental illness and suicide. The silence only perpetuates the stigma and shame. And as long as we're silent, we cannot confront this growing public health crisis head on.
Join the MOM movement and help us stomp out the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide. Meet other survivors of suicide and find comfort and strength in knowing that you're not alone. To date, the MOM Race has raised more than $400,000 for local brain research, suicide prevention programming, and crisis intervention services. While nothing can bring our loved ones back, it’s amazing what we can accomplish when we join forces to give mental illness and suicide the attention they deserve. That’s Mind Over Matter!
"Volunteering for the MOM Race is one small way I can help ease the grief so many of us have had to endure. When I am at the crossroads, at a water station, or near the finish line and see all the runners/walkers, I know none of us are alone or immune to the effects of mental distress."
Tom Hill, Clawson, MI
"The MOM Race is a wonderful way to connect with others dealing with the same situation -- a wonderful support group, and a place to be able to share without being judged. It is also a way for me to honor and remember my son in a beautiful way."
Maureen DuJardin, Dearborn, MI
"I have been volunteering for the MOM Race for 10+ years now. It is so rewarding to be a part of something supporting mental health and great to witness how the event has grown over the years. The 5K is very well run and a great way to spend a spring morning!"
Laurie Falcon, Royal Oak, MI
"The MOM Race is a great fundraiser that I would recommend to anyone looking for their own unique way to pitch in and make a difference. The staff is top notch, the event is extremely well organized, and everyone who participates definitely rallies together in the spirit of the occasion!"
Guy Kebbe, Macomb Township, MI
"This was our first year doing the MOM Race after my Dad took his life last year. Next year we will be back in full force with a large team supporting all those that have lost a loved one, but mainly for our Dad! It will be an annual tradition for our family now! The support was astronomical! So glad we found you."
Sarah Feldpausch Dewitt, MI
"I have walked and volunteered for the MOM race since its inception. The cause is so worthy and the course is so beautiful. To support this wonderful organization on a beautiful May morning is a labor of love. Thumbs up, MOM!"
Grace Safko, Waterford, MI
Audra Quinn, Los Angeles, CA
"This was my first year participating in the MOM Race with Team Tiger in honor of my cousin, Larry (Tiger) Dunn. Fantastic course, overall well-organized, fun event...and for such a noble cause. I will definitely be participating annually from here on out!"
Patrick LaGory, Plymouth, MI
"I lost both of my parents and uncle to suicide. It has been a whirlwind but I am constantly looking to the future and guiding myself through the multiple stages of grief. The MOM Race gives my family a chance to come together and remind ourselves that we are not alone and we can continue to support those who are suffering. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Andrea DeBusschere, Troy, MI