Children and their families in Clay, Platte and Ray counties who deal with mental illness will benefit from the fifth annual Heart and Sole 5K Run/Walk Saturday, April 30.
Sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services, the event this year kicks off Children’s Mental Health Week, May 1-7. “This is an opportunity for the community to help us raise awareness and reduce stigma for children and families challenged with mental illness,” explained Laura Ellison, Child and Youth Services manager for Tri-County. “Proceeds from this event will help our holiday assistance program and other efforts for our young people and their families living in the Northland.”
That help is more than just numbers. Tri-County provides a safety net for those unable to access other options and works extensively with other organizations. “We establish a system of care to see that the children get as much support as possible,” Ellison explained. “We work with the schools, juvenile office, Children’s Division and anyone else who might be involved in the child’s life.”
A private, not-for-profit organization, Tri-County each year assists approximately 8,000 area residents, while providing prevention services to more than 40,000.
The Heart and Sole 5K Run/Walk will start at Happy Rock Park, 7600 NE Antioch Rd., Gladstone. Registration and check-in begins at7:30 a.m. with the run at 8:30 a.m. followed shortly after by walkers. A 50-yard Kids Run will be held at 9:30 a.m. Prizes include $150 worth of gift cards at Zona Rosa for the top male and female racers with the fastest completion time.
More information and online signup is at www.tri-countyheartandsole5k.org.