A physician who is passionate about improving mental health
delivery, Ann Mandel Laitman, M.D., believes in employing all avenues to raise
awareness about mental health. One that is a favorite of her whole family is
running. The upcoming Mental
Health Association of Westchester’s MHA on the move 5K
Run/Walk & 1 Mile Kids’ Race combines
both which is why she is an enthusiastic a co-chair for the event’s 10th
Anniversary which will take place on Sunday, May 4th at 8am at FDR
State Park in Yorktown Heights, NY. Says Ann, “As a community, we must
make sure that people have the support and tools they need to recover when a
mental health issue arises. MHA on the move accomplishes both.”
Whether you run or walk or volunteer, your participation will help raise the money that makes mental health services more accessible to community members who need it most. With the data now showing that 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition, more effective help and better resources are essential.
MHA on the move is an inspiring, fun, family-friendly community-wide event. Eight-time Emmy winner, WCBS’s Lou Young will kick off the event along with Ann and her fellow co-chairs, Amy Collins, of Somers and Randi Silverman, from Dobbs Ferry and race ambassadors, Nyna Giles, of Pound Ridge and Dennis Noskin, of Greenwich.
Children get their own fun warm-up and 1-Mile Kids’ Race (ages 4-12) plus ribbons for each runner and medals for the top three girls and boys. Everyone gets healthy food and a fun morning in the park. All participants receive a free t-shirt. The race will be timed by the Taconic Road Runners with medals awarded in each age category as well as overall top male/female. Parking is free. For more information and to register, visit www.mhawestchester.org
MHA is a community-based mental health agency that has been helping Westchester County residents for 68 years through direct services, professional and community education and advocacy. MHA supports 18,000 individuals annually through a comprehensive array of mental health services striving to help each individual to achieve their personal goals and to lead independent and healthy lives.