All Kinds of News for October 04, 2017
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community students participated in a National Alliance on Mental Illness 5K in Chicago this past September.
The 2017 NAMIWalks Chicago 5K aimed to increase support and awareness for mental health and addiction issues. This mission resonated with EDGE students, as a number of them strive to overcome obstacles with anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges every day. They decided to join Team @AnxietySupport to stomp out the stigma surrounding anxiety and depression one step at a time. For some, the 5K became a learning experience as well.
"I enjoyed the fact that so many people came together to walk for NAMI,” said one EDGE student. “It really helped me feel good, and that maybe there isn't as much stigma toward anxiety and depression as I thought there was.”
EDGE students and staff ultimately helped Team @AnxietySupport raise over $700 for NAMI organizations across the country. As crucial as it is to raise funds for mental health education and services, no monetary value can truly amount to the importance of showing those with mental health issues that they are not alone.
“Our goal was for our students to see firsthand how prevalent mental illness actually is,” said EDGE Life Coach Carissa Johnsen. “My hope is that the population facing these challenges can continue to be vocal, come together to support one another and help fight against the stigma attached to mental illness.”
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.