Defeat the Stigma Project – Run Across Wisconsin

A Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, Defeat the Stigma Project (DSP), is planning an 8-day run across the state of Wisconsin to raise awareness for mental illness and suicide prevention. The run will begin on May 7th in Algoma, and end on Saturday May 14th in Hudson.

A welcoming event is being planned for the runners’ arrival in Hudson, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, at the downtown Hudson Bandshell Park. The community is encouraged to come out and welcome these runners in support of this important issue. Food, music, and an in-memorium balloon release will be held.

Last year, the project’s leader Julio Salazar, organized and completed a run across Minnesota. Along the way, Salazar and his two running companions stopped in communities and visited schools to speak out against the stigma that prevents so many from getting the help they need to address mental illness. Too many Americans succumb to mental illness, too often with tragic results. Across the country, and right here in Western Wisconsin, the suicide rate is increasing. More Americans die each year by suicide than from automobile accidents.

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