Two men running to the finish line at the Stand Up to Stigma 5K

Loma Linda University Behavioral Health hosted its fourth annual Stand Up to Stigma 5K on Sunday, May 15. The event drew 631 registrants after a two-year hiatus. May is Mental Health Month and, events like the 5K aim to overcome the stigma, bring awareness to, and treat mental health issues like any other health problem in the community.

Doctors say mental health conditions were exacerbated during the  COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, 11% of U.S. adults experienced symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorders. Reports show 27% of adults are experiencing symptoms thus far in 2022.

“At Loma Linda University Behavioral Health, we strive each day to ‘Heal People, Restore Hope,’” said Edward Field, MBA, vice president and administrator of the Behavioral Medicine Center. “It was wonderful and encouraging to see almost 700 community members support behavioral health treatment.”

Talking about mental health isn’t always easy, but it’s important. If you or a loved one is struggling with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health condition, the Behavioral Medicine Center will work with you to begin the healing process while restoring hope for the future. To learn more or begin your journey with an expert, click here.