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Mental Health Matters!

Reported by on 1/10/20

George Hood's Last Long Plank Guinness World Record Event and Fundraising

Competition to Support Mental Health Across the Lifespan

The Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition (BAHCC) is partnering with 515 Fitness Inc. to host world-renowned George Hood in his last Guinness World Record long plank attempt on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 515 Fitness, Inc. in support of mental health across the lifespan.

Mental health influences how a person thinks, feels, and behaves in daily life. It also affects one’s ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships. Good mental health is essential to a person’s physical health and well-being at every stage of life. Yet, millions of Americans suffer from mental health disorders.
The numbers of individuals affected are staggering!

* 7.7 million U.S. youth aged 6-17 have experienced a mental health disorder in 2016
* 48.6 million U.S. adults have experienced mental illness in 2018
* More than 1.7 million veterans have received treatment in VA mental health programs in 2018

Mental Health & Wellness Matter!

This is why George Hood’s last GWR plank attempt will benefit mental health care needs across the lifespan, with proceeds earmarked to expand resources and opportunities for mental health services.

George’s feats of endurance epitomize “mental toughness”, a skill that can be learned and harnessed through practice. Building mental toughness in individuals, whether they are men, women, children, students, parents, seniors, athletes, professionals, military or others, prepares them to handle everyday stressors and challenges.

On February 15, members of the community will be invited to test their mental toughness alongside George to bring together the entire community, nation, and even the world to stand up against the stigma surrounding mental health and to let individuals know they are not alone. You are encouraged to support mental health across the lifespan through opportunities for sponsorships, donations, and/or pledges indicated in the following attachments.

Call Nancy in the STEPS office and ask for official George Hood paperwork: Pledge Form, Levels Form and sponsorship commitment form if interested. STEPS staff will be joining in on this date! More information to follow!


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