First-ever Stomp out Stigma Run/Walk for Mental Health Awareness to Be Held May 5



Photo of the t-shirt given out to participants.

Shianne Berger

The members of Suicide Prevention Committee decided to introduce the first-ever Stomp out Stigma Run/Walk on Sunday, May 5, to raise awareness about mental health in the community.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in every five Americans suffer from a mental disorder. In addition, suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens ages 10 to 24.

Suicide Prevention Committee is a student organization designated to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health. Mr. Zach Platner, a high school English teacher, is the co-advisor along with Mrs. Denys Mallmann, the high school counselor.

Senior Melina Lopez, the vice-president of Suicide Prevention Committee, said, “We decided to create a walk to continue the legacy of the runT.A.L.L. 5K in our own way and to promote physical health along with mental health.”

The event will take place on May 5, at Chilton High School. Registration and activities will start at 2:00 p.m., the kids run will start at 3:00 p.m. and the 5K run/walk will start at 3:30 p.m.

“We hope to raise awareness in order to take away the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide,” Lopez said.

People can still register online at ( or at the event itself. Ages 0-6 are $12, ages 7-18 are $15, and ages 19+ are $20 per person.

In addition to the run/walk, Lopez said, “We are planning to have a Plinko game with trivia and some other outdoor games like bean bags and ladder ball for people to play.” There will also be concessions available.

“Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate,” Mr. Platner said. “This is a community event, not just a Chilton High School one. It’s going to be family-friendly, and, really, anyone who is for raising awareness about mental health should consider joining us for a fun afternoon in support of a tremendous cause.”

If you have any questions, contact Mr. Platner at (920)849-2358, ext. 4363 or [email protected].