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‘Run Across Wisconsin’ raises awareness of mental health

A Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, Defeat the Stigma Project (DSP), is planning an eight-day run across the state of Wisconsin to raise awareness of mental illness and suicide prevention.

The run begins on Saturday, May 7, in Algoma, and ends on Saturday, May 14, in Hudson.

A welcoming event is being planned from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday at the downtown Hudson band shell for the runners’ arrival.

The community is encouraged to come out and welcome these runners in support of this important issue. Food, music, and an in-memoriam 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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